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Taylor had 267 yards on an awful 2.4 yards per attempt for the Chicago Bears last season. The Bears released him on Saturday in a move that seemed likely, given the Bears’ acquisition of Marion Barber. Before the Bears, Taylor played for the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings.
Taylor will likely play the role of a third down back and a guy who can pick up the blitz very well on passing downs …As a vested veteran, Taylor was not forced to waivers and was able to sign with whatever team he chose.
For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge Of The Birds.
The addition of Chad Ochocinco and a training-camp injury had sent Tate hurtling down the Patriots’ list of receivers, and with the new rules on kickoffs, Tate wasn’t nearly as valuable to the Pats on special teams, either (he had 1,057 yards on kickoff returns last year).
But Tate was the Patriots’ third wide receiver last year, and he’s only in his third year in the league, so the Bengals are getting something here. What’s less clear is what the Bengals will do with him. They just drafted A.J. Green, Jerome Simpson played brilliantly at the end of last season, and Jordan Shipley is already a good third receiver.
Adam Caplan tweets that the Carolina Panthers have parted ways with defensive end Everette Brown. The cut comes as a surprise, but it ends a disappointing series of transactions for the Panthers, who traded their 2010 first-round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers (which the 49ers later used on Mike Iupati) in order to get Brown in the second round in 2009 (they also got a fourth-round pick in the deal).
SB Nation’s Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, published a look at the Panthers’ depth chart Sunday morning, and it was clear that Carolina would have to continue making moves, because they had very little depth at defensive tackle, in particular. They could also stand to add another cornerback. Brown’s departure clears roster space for one of those moves.
The Chicago Bears have signed former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather to a one-year contract, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Bears haven't been happy with their starting safeties, Major Wright and Chris Harris, and their other safeties, Chris Conte and Craig Steltz, have both had injuries recently, so it's unclear how much they'll be able to help in the first couple weeks of the season. Meriweather's addition therefore makes sense for the Bears, despite his flaws.
This move also works out well for the Patriots. There was speculation about him signing with the Miami Dolphins, and he could have given the Patriots' divisional rivals information about changes to the Patriots' defense this year. The Bears do not play the Patriots this season.
The Seattle Seahawks cut down their roster to 53 players as they appear set on building up their youth movement. Although the Seahawks have plenty of solid veterans 29 players on the roster are 25 years old or younger. The team snuck into the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record but appear set to build from the ground up starting in 2011.
The Seahawks released 20 players on Saturday, waived/injured one, placed three on injured reserve and placed another three on reserve/PUP. The reserve/PUP players are ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season, while the injured reserve players are finished for the season. John Carlson is a tough injury loss as he and Zach Miller could have made a fairly devastating duo at tight end. With a young QB like Tarvaris Jackson, two tight ends could have really helped. Not to say Miller is not solid on his own, of course.
The folks at Field Gulls were not wildly surprised by the roster moves as even a cut like Colin Cole can be ascribed to salary concerns. While the Seahawks are now down to 53 players, it would not be surprising to see them make a move or two via the waiver wire or free agency. it's doubtful this is the absolutely final 53-man roster heading into the season.
The New York Jets got down to the 53-man roster limit as they waived 26 players and made a pair of trades on Saturday. The Jets traded away defensive back Dwight Lowery and acquired rookie guard Caleb Schlauderaff, with both moves involving unconditional draft choices. The remaining releases were all straight waiver wire transactions.
The folks at Gang Green Nation were not wildly surprised by the moves, but their 53-man roster still has some question marks. For example, they have Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell and Greg McElroy at quarterback, but McElroy underwent surgery this week on his throwing thumb. That leaves the team with two quarterbacks while McElroy recovers from the surgery, and one of those quarterbacks is an aged Mark Brunell. One would imagine a roster move would be in the offing at some point in the coming days, unless the team is that confident with only two quarterbacks for now.
Head over to Gang Green Nation to discuss all things related to the New York Jets.
The Oakland Raiders have cut their roster down to the required 53-player limit, but several question marks remain between now and their Monday Night Football opener against the Denver Broncos. These question marks likely indicate more moves are on the way either via waivers or free agency.
For now, the Raiders raised some eyebrows by waiving QB Trent Edwards and MLB Sam Williams. Edwards was battling Kyle Boller for the backup QB position while Williams appeared to be the primary backup to Rolando McClain. The Raiders have Terrelle Pryor at quarterback but he was placed on the Reserve/Suspended list for the first five games of the season, meaning the Raiders as assembled are looking at two QBs for the first quarter of the season.
The Williams release raises some eyebrows as well given that it leaves the Raiders with only one true middle linebacker. The folks at Silver & Black Pride are equally perplexed, thus the expectation of more roster moves on the horizon.
The Dallas Cowboys made their way down to the 53-man roster limit Saturday afternoon as they released 26 players. The Cowboys opened the day with some surprising moves as they released Igor Olshansky, Chris Gronkowski, Shayne Graham and Dave Rayner. The Gronkowski move was a surprise as it leaves the Cowboys with zero traditional fullbacks on the roster. The Olshansky move ends the five year $22.5 million deal he signed prior to the 2009 season. It's safe to say that didn't work out.
The Cowboys afternoon roster cuts included a pair of 2011 draft picks as fifth round pick CB Josh Thomas and seventh round pick FB Shaun Chapas were both cut. The team also parted ways with 2009 fourth round pick Brandon Williams. Over the last three seasons Williams has made few contributions and was easily outplayed by Alex Albright.
The New England Patriots cut their roster down to the league-mandated 53-man limit on Saturday by releasing 15 players and making five additional roster moves. The two most notable moves saw the team release recent Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather and utility running back Sammy Morris. While Morris will likely remain on speed dial with the Patriots, Meriweather had managed to work his way from number one pick and Pro Bowler, into Bill Belichick's dog house fairly quickly.
In addition to the cuts, the Patriots placed Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick and Kevin Faulk on the reserve/PUP list, Marcus Cannon on reserve/non-football injury list, and Rich Ohrnberger on injured reserve.
Among the players kept, it is interesting to note that the team kept seven defensive tackles. I would imagine some of them are able to move over to defensive end as well, and it's possible one of them could find himself cut before the season even begins. The folks at Pats Pulpit expect "Waiver Wire Sunday" to be a busy day for the Patriots as Bill Belichick generally makes several moves from the waiver wire and ensuing free agency.
A day after cutting 21 players, including guard Keith Williams, the Pittsburgh Steelers got down to the 53-man roster maximum with five more cuts on Saturday. The Steelers reached the limit by releasing G/T Tony Hills, CB Crezdon Butler, P Jeremy Kapinos, TE John Gilmore, and DE J.Crittenton.
Steelers fans appear a bit surprised by the decision to release Hills due to his lack of practice squad eligibility. Beyond that, the Steelers are a sufficiently veteran team that most of the moves are not too shocking. Gilmore was in a battle behind Heath Miller but it appears as though Weslye Saunders secured the roster spot.
You can head over to Behind the Steel Curtain for more discussion about the Steelers final roster cuts and the current make-up of their 53-man roster. There aren't many surprises, but as with any team there is always plenty to discuss. While the Steelers are down to the 53-man roster limit, the team can continue making transactions, which means end of the roster guys are not necessarily safe yet.
The New York Giants waived nineteen players and made eight other transactions Saturday afternoon to reach the 53-man roster limit. One of the more notable players to make the roster is undrafted free agent linebacker Mark Herzlich. The success of Herzlich is particularly notable due to his by now well-known cancer survivor story. What's more important on the football field is that he is a solid linebacker who the Giants believe can make a contribution this season.
The Giants are a fairly veteran team with many of their position battles set, which meant somewhat anti-climactic roster cuts on Saturday. However, there were some position battles that went down to the wire, including the punter position between Steve Weatherford and Matt Dodge. Earlier today Dodge indicated he thought the day was "pretty exciting", but unfortunately for Dodge it turned sour as he lost out to Weatherford.
Along with waiver moves, the Giants placed Sage Rosenfels on injured reserve due to strep throat and back problems, leaving David Carr as Eli Manning's primary backup quarterback. The Giants also waived/injured Brian Jackson for his hip injury and terminated six contracts. For more discussion on the Giants roster cuts, head over to Big Blue View's open thread.
The San Francisco 49ers cut their roster down to the 53-player limit Saturday afternoon as they released 27 players. The most notable cuts were probably QB Josh McCown, OL Tony Wragge and WR Ronald Johnson. The team has some areas they might be looking to fill with a veteran presence, which means current members of the 53-man roster are not necessarily safe.
McCown was signed early last week to provide a veteran backup to QB Alex Smith. He had a solid performance against the San Diego Chargers Thursday evening, but it wasn't enough to secure a roster spot. He will head back to North Carolina where he was working as a high school football coach. The 49ers likely figured they either want another veteran, or if they need a veteran they can get McCown on the phone fairly quickly.
Wragge has been a utility man for the 49ers offensive line, filling in ably at center and guard. The team has given Adam Snyder significant center time and appears comfortable with Daniel Kilgore as a long term option. Ronald Johnson was a sixth round draft choice this past April but has struggled this preseason and might end up on the practice squad.
It is interesting to note that the 49ers released two tight ends competing for the third tight end position, leaving them with only two tight ends. With no third tight end or third quarterback, that could leave two current rostered players still on the bubble.
It's NFL roster cutdown day where teams need to go from 80 to 53 players on the roster by 6:00 p.m. (ET). That's a total of 864 players on the market and one of them will be S Brandon Meriweather. Pro Football Talk reports the Patriots have released the 27-year old safety.
Earlier reports suggested the Patriots were trying to trade him and, if they couldn't do that, they'd likely release him, so this move wasn't totally unexpected. They must not have gotten any offers on him.
Meriweather was the Patriots first round pick in the 2007 NFL draft coming out of Miami.
The Patriots, and every other NFL team, are busying finalizing their cuts before the 6:00 p.m. (ET) deadline. Not only will teams be cutting their own players, they'll also be scouring the market for players cut by other teams. As a former first round pick, Meriweather shouldn't have a problem finding another home.
Check out SB Nation's Pats Pulpit for more on the news.
NFL roster cuts are never fun because, like players tell the media after they are released, the NFL is indeed a business. Running that business must be made all the more difficult when teams have to make a decision like the New England Patriots did on Saturday when they cut veteran running back Sammy Morris.
Morris, a utility back who has seen quite a bit of time in the Patriots backfield over the past four seasons despite never being the team's opening day starter, was released on Saturday for what his agent says is the first time in the player's 11-year NFL career.
"In twelve years I've never had this talk with Patriots RB Sammy Morris ... just notified of his release," Morris's agent, Mark Slough, wrote on Twitter. "Sammy is consummate professional and a class act."
"Sammy Morris could be a victim of his proximity. Lives in Foxboro area. Knows offense. Could essentially be 54th player on Pats' roster."
If he's brought back later in the season, good for him, but I'm sure that's not what he's thinking about on the day he was released.
NFL roster cuts are completely underway considering every team has to get down the NFL-mandated 53-man roster before the end of the weekend. As one might expect, the surprises are also underway -- including the Indianapolis Colts cutting veteran defensive lineman Tommie Harris.
Harris was cut by the Colts on Saturday afternoon, according to a report from Pro Football Talk, after being signed as a free agent this offseason. Harris played his first seven seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Stampede Blue, SB Nation's Indianapolis Colts' blog, isn't happy about the transaction.
Harris had played well in preseason, providing a strong inside pass rush that the Colts haven't had. Needless to say, this is a pretty stupid roster move. But, whatever. If the Colts are in the bottom half of the league again in sacks and struggle to stop the run, it's moves like this we can all trace back to.
The Colts have apparently also cut running back Javarris James on their quest to reach the 53-man roster limit.
The Dallas Cowboys won't have DE Igor Olshansky lining up at defensive end in the 2011 season. Per multiple reports, Olshansky has been told that he will not be returning to the Cowboys this year. He signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal in 2009 and now, just two years later, he's done. From treasure to trash, that's the NFL.
Olshansky has been a 3-4 defensive end throughout his career playing with the San Diego Chargers before moving onto Dallas. He'll draw interest from 3-4 teams and depending on the price would be a solid addition to a team.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was just talking this week about the defensive line on the 53-man roster.
And then I like our depth across our defensive line. We're going to keep seven defensive linemen. That's one more than you might keep, but gives us a lot of flexibility and we'll be able to keep them fresh.
I wonder if he was talking about Olshansky. Hop on over to Blogging The Boys to see what else Jones had to say about the Cowboys 53-man roster.
It's NFL roster cutdown day and there will be some big name additions to the open market as all 32 teams will cut 27 players to get down to the league-mandated 53-man roster. A few of the early names that have been reportedly released include Baltimore Ravens LB Tavares Gooden and St. Louis Rams LB Zac Diles.
Gooden is an inside linebacker that's known to be very talented but has a history of injuries. He started alongside Ray Lewis when he was healthy in 2009 but he's missed a lot of time with injuries. The Ravens reportedly held trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers involving Gooden but have decided to simply release him, according to a report from Aaron Wilson.
Diles is a former 2007 seventh round pick who played his first four seasons in the league with the Houston Texans. He entered free agency this year and signed with the St. Louis Rams on last month before they decided to release him.
Lots of good players are hitting the market on cutdown day and every year there are some big surprises.
WR Mardy Gilyard was coming from Cincinnati as he entered the 2010 NFL draft and I remember he received some hype as a guy that will help a team in the NFL one day. The St. Louis Rams bit, making him their fourth round pick that year.
Just one season later and Gilyard appears to be a victim of NFL roster cuts. Via his Twitter account:
Jus got released isshhh is getting real na ugh!!!!
It's a surprise but not a major surprise if you look back at his 2010 season. He had just six receptions for 63 yards all of last season.
The Rams made a few more moves on Friday releasing the following players: end
The Minnesota Vikings announced the release of seven players on Friday, which got their roster down to 73 players. The Vikings released returner Jaymar Johnson, RB Tristan Davis, DE David Akinniyi, CB Devon Torrence, safety Ryan Hill and defensive end Stylez G. White. The Johnson release appears to be the most prominent as it would indicate Marcus Sherels has earned the starting punt returner job.
In addition to the seven roster cuts, the Vikings get a bit of a brief roster reprieve for two games as Kevin Williams serves his two game suspension for the StarCaps case. For those two games Williams will not count against the 53-man roster. That buys the Vikings some time if they are still not positive about the status of one or two players. They can give them additional practice and possible game time to decide if a cut is in order.
The moves get the Vikings down to 72 players. They have until 6:00pm eastern on Saturday to cut down to 53 players.
The Atlanta Falcons announced the release of 17 players on Friday, with several fan favorites and big names getting the axe. Among others, the Falcons released defensive reserve Chauncey Davis, special teamer Coy Wire, DT Trey Lewis, and TE Marquez Branson. Among the 17 cuts, the team reached an injury settlement with WR Andy Strickland who was hurt in Thursday's preseason finale.
The decisions to release Davis and Wire would seem to indicate the Falcons are prepared to go younger along the defensive line and on special teams. Davis in particular would seem to be a bit of a cost-saving maneuver as he was due $3 million this year. The team has some young options that could provide a bit of a spark.
The Falcons cuts follow their decisions to release QB Adam Froman and OL Matt Murphy. This would leave them approximately eight moves from the 53-man limit. They must reach that limit by 6:00pm eastern on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced nine roster cuts and two roster moves on Friday as they prepare to cut down to the 53-man roster. The Eagles cuts included Rashad Jeanty, Jamar Wall, Rod Harper, Chris Wilson, A.Q. Shipley, Cornelius Ingram, Stanley Havili, Dallas Reynolds, and Graig Cooper. The cuts aren't stunning, although it is a little surprising they quickly cut their last draft pick, Havili. Additionally, the Eagles had only recently signed Jamar Wall, so it's surprising to see him out there so quickly.
The Eagles made three roster moves in addition to the nine cuts. Offensive tackle Jose Acuna was placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list and Brandon Graham and Winston Justice will remain on the PUP list. This means Graham and Justice will not be available for the first six weeks of the season. Joselio Hanson and Jamaal Jackson are both potential trade options, so it will be interesting to see if that factors into the final roster decisions.
The nine cuts and three roster moves leave them at 68 players. The Eagles have until 6:00pm eastern Saturday to cut down to 53 players.
The Tennessee Titans got a few difficult decisions out of the way on Friday, cutting 15 players to inch closer to a 53-man roster. Stefan Johnson was among the players sent on their way, as was safety Myron Rolle. Johnson suffered a horrific injury at USC in 2010 after the bench press bar he was using fell on his throat, and had fought back to earn a shot at the NFL.
Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar who opted not to enter the 2009 NFL Draft, instead heading to England to study at Oxford. The rest of the cuts are as follows.
T Pat McQuistan, LB Rennie Curran, DE Hall Davis, RB Herb Donaldson, TE Riar Geer, TE Cameron Graham, G Thomas Gray, DE Julian Hartsell, WR James Kirkendoll, CB Lequan Lewis, RB Kestahn Moore, WR Michael Preston, and RB Joe Tronz.
Tennessee isn't quite to the limit and will have to make a few more moves on Saturday ahead of the roster deadline.
For the latest on the Titans, head over to Music City Miracles.
The Arizona Cardinals made one large wave of cuts on Friday, one day before the 53-man roster deadline. The Cardinals did it all at once, paring down the roster in order to be compliant with the NFL roster rules. Though Arizona is now at the limit, head coach Ken Wisenhunt made it clear more shakeups may come, especially after the rest of the league makes its cuts, releasing a boatload of players into the wild.
Besides Graham and Ware, the defensive cuts Friday included safety Jared Campbell, cornerback Fred Bennett, linebacker Will Davis, cornerback Marshay Green, defensive end Kenny Iwebema, nose tackle Ricky Lumpkin, defensive end Jeremy Navarre, cornerback Bryant Nnabuife, linebacker Cyril Obiozor, linebacker Kendall Smith, linebacker Pago Togafau and cornerback Thad Turner.
Offensively, the Cards released center Ben Claxton, quarterback Brodie Croyle, tackle Cliff Louis, fullback Reagan Maui’a, wide receiver Aaron Nichols, center Kris O’Dowd, guard Tom Pestock, running back William Powell, tight end Steve Skelton, wide receiver Isaiah Williams and tackle D.J. Young.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of 21 players on Friday evening, but that brings their roster down to 58 players, five players over the limit. Guard Keith Williams is the name that stands out the most as he was the team's sixth-round pick in 2011.
The Steelers have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to cut five more players. SB Nation Pittsburgh believes the other cuts could come at punter, both sides of the defensive line, wide receiver and tight end. It seems as though Weslye Saunders will make the team as an undrafted rookie.
SBN Pittsburgh was surprised at the release of Donovan Warren, a defensive back who had become a fan favorite. Warren was originally an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan in 2010.
NFL roster cuts are coming on Saturday afternoon as teams will be required to get down to 53 players.
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