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Winslow was acquired by Seattle in the offseason from the Tampa Bay Bucanneers in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
The ninth-year veteran out of Miami has a history of causing problems in the locker room, but he has been one of the more productive pass-catching tight ends in the NFL on the field.
The physically gifted Winslow was chosen by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Browns before spending the last three in Tampa Bay. Winslow has tallied 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.
NFL teams looking for help have several options following Friday's roster cuts.
The Cleveland Browns made their final cuts Friday. In order to get down to 53 players, the Browns released a couple of notable veterans.
Former starting quarterback Seneca Wallace was among the players cut as Colt McCoy appears to have won the Browns backup quarterback job behind rookie starter Brandon Weeden. Cleveland also released veteran tight ends Evan Moore and Dan Gronkowski.
Here is the complete list of cuts:
The Jacksonville Jaguars were among the last teams to cut their roster down to the NFL's mandated 53 players on Friday night, but their big move on the day was actually assigning Will Rackley to injured reserve.
Big Cat Country notes that the Jaguars placing Rackley on IR means he cannot suit up for Jacksonville this season:
Rackley is not eligible to come off of the IR list mid-season, despite the new IR rules for the 2012 season because he did not make it to the 53-man roster. In order to be eligible, he would have had to be on the 53-man roster and be placed on IR after Sept. 4, per the new rule.
Rackley, a third-round pick in 2011, started 14 games for the Jaguars at left guard in 2011.
Here's the full list of players released by the Jaguars on Friday:
Courtney Greene, Corvey Irvin, Rod Issac, Trumaine McBride, Richard Murphy, Jordan Palmer, William Robinson, Leigh Torrence, Demetrius Williams, Daniel Baldridge, Colin Cloherty, Odrick Ray, Will Ta'ufo'ou, Kendrick Adams, Lee Barbiasz, Mike Brown, Ryan Davis, Antonio Dennard, D.J. Hall, Joshua Jones, and J.K. Schaffer
The Minnesota Vikings let go of 20 players on Friday as they trimmed their roster to the mandated number of 53. Among the cuts were veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels, cornerback Chris Carr and running back Jordan Todman, who ran for over 100 yards in the team's final preseason game.
Here's a full list of Minnesota's cuts:
WR Emmanuel Arceneaux
DL Chase Baker
CB Chris Carr
DE Jeff Charleston
FB Ryan D'Imperio
OL Chris DeGeare
CB Bobby Felder
S Eric Frampton
DT Trevor Guyton
RB Lex Hilliard
OL Tyler Holmes
CB Reggie Jones
OL Kevin Murphy
LB Corey Paredes
OL Austin Pasztor
DE Nick Reed
QB Sage Rosenfels
C Quentin Saulsberry
TE Mickey Shuler
RB Jordan Todman
The Washington Redskins have made the cuts required to get to the 53-man roster limit. In addition to the roster cuts, safety Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely and without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The full list of cuts is below, courtesy of the official Redskins site.
Waived by the Redskins were:
Anthony Armstrong WR
Terrence Austin WR
Travon Bellamy DB
Dorson Boyce (Injured) FB
Tom Compton OT
Erik Cook C
Jonathan Crompton QB
Tristan Davis RB
Marlon Favorite NT
Grant Garner C
Donnell Holt LB
Delvin Johnson NT
Brian McNally (Injured) LB
Richard Quinn TE
Willie Smith OT
Brandyn Thompson CB
Markus White LB
Doug Worthington DE
Additionally, the following veterans were released by the Redskins:
This is the second time Parrish has been released in the last week as he was cut by the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 27. The Raiders signed him on Aug. 28 as insurance with regular return man Jacoby Ford nursing a foot injury. His release may be a sign Ford is close to being back in action.
Here is the full list of the Raiders final cuts:
LB Kaelin Burnett
K Eddy Carmona
WR Derek Carrier
WR Brandon Carswell
DE Hall Davis
TE Kyle Efaw
DL Dominique Hamilton
OL Kevin Haslam
OL Nick Howell
LB Chad Kilgore
OL Dan Knapp
WR Eddie McGee
C Colin Miller
RB Lonyae Miller
WR Roscoe Parrish
WR Travionte Session
LB Nathan Stupar
S Curtis Taylor
The Baltimore Ravens have trimmed their roster to the required 53 men, and among those cut is perennial backup quarterback Curtis Painter. The full list of cuts is below, courtesy of the team's official website.
The Ravens waived the following players:
RB Anthony Allen
S Omar Brown
LB Josh Bynes
LB Nigel Carr
G/T Jack Cornell
WR Dorian Grahm
G/T Cord Howard
NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste
NT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
G Antoine McClain
DE Terrence Moore
WR Logan Payne
S Cyhl Quarles
OLB Chavis Williams
The following players were placed on injured reserve:
Additionally, the team terminated the contract of vested veteran guard Tony Wragge.
Among the more notable moves was the Saints' decision to keep running backs Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet. There had been speculation that Ivory might be left out of a crowded Saints backfield when the final cuts were announced. Wide receivers Josh Morgan and Adrian Arrington also survived final cuts.
Here is the complete list of players headed out of New Orleans:
WR Greg Camarillo
K John Kasay
TE Derek Schouman
LB Kadarron Anderson
DE Braylon Broughton
LB Ezra Butler
QB Sean Canfield
DE Alex Daniels
TE Michael Higgins
CB Nick Hixson
S Jerico Nelson
G DeOn'tae Pannell
T Aderious Simmons
WR Andy Tanner
C/G Matt Tennant
LB Lawrence Wilson
In addition, the Saints also placed several players on reserve lists with Joe Banyard, Jose Gumbs, Marquis Johnson and Nick Toon landing on the reserve/injured list while Ramon Humber and Will Smith were placed on the reserve/suspended list.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut down to the required 53 man roster, waiving a number of players and releasing several more. The cuts included Tiquan Underwood, a surprise to many in light of his preseason performance. The team actually cut beyond the required number, reducing the roster to 52 men. Of the team's 2012 draft picks, only Drake Dunsmore was cut. The complete list of cuts is below, courtesy of the team's official website.
Players waived by the Buccaneers are:
S Larry Asante
S Sean Baker
WR Landon Cox
LB Jacob Cutrera
TE Drake Dunsmore
K Kai Forbath
T Jermarcus Hardrick
RB Robert Hughes
FB Cody Johnson
RB Mossis Madu
DT Jordan Nix
C Moe Petrus
TE Zack Pianalto
QB Brett Ratliff
CB James Rogers
WR Jordan Shipley
WR Tiquan Underwood
DT Teryl White
DL E.J. Wilson
G Desmond Wynn (waived/injured)
Additionaly, the team released the following:
The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster down to the league-maximum 53 players Friday night by releasing defensive tackle Antonio Dixon and punter Mat McBriar. Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation's Eagles blog, reports that Dixon being cut is surprising:
Dixon is somewhat of a surprise. He didn't have a very good camp or preseason and was outplayed by Cedric Thornton, but there was a thought that his experience and previous solid play might have kept him around. Obviously that wasn't the case. As it stands, the Eagies will keep 10 defensive lineman. 6 DEs & 4 DTs.
The Eagles cut 19 other players earlier today. Here is the full list of cuts:
Defensive backs Joselio Hanson, Oshiomogho Atogwe and Phillip Thomas; linebackers Keenan Clayton, Ryan Rau and Adrian Moten; defensive linemen Antonio Dixon, Landon Cohen, Ollie Ogbu, Frank Trotter and Monte Taylor; tight ends Brett Brackett and Chase Ford; wide receivers Mardy Gilyard, Chad Hall and Marvin McNutt; fullback Emil Igwenagu; offensive linemen D.J. Jones, Brandon Washington and Steve Vallos; quarterback Mike Kafka; and punter Mat McBriar.
For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation.
The Carolina Panthers have made the cut from a 75-man roster to 53. A complete list of the players waived is below. Eric Norwood was not cut today, but he remains the most surprising man to not make the Panthers roster. The team expects wide receiver Jared Green to be available for the practice squad.
The complete list of players who were waived:
CB Darius Butler
CB R.J. Stanford
WR Seyi Ajirotutu
WR Jared Green
RB Tauren Poole
T Matt Reynolds
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
DT Ryan Van Bergen
LB David Nixon
LB Kion Wilson
S Jonathan Nelson
S Jordan Pugh
S Reggie Smith
TE Nelson Rosario
TE Joe Jon Finley
RB Armond Smith
G Zackary Williams
G Bryant Browning
G Justin Wells
DT Nate Chandler
LB Jason Williams
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The Tennessee Titans have made their cuts to bring their roster from 75 men to 53. The list comes courtesy of SB Nation Titans blog Music City Miracle, who were surprised to see defensive tackle Zach Clayton on the list of cuts. Clayton had earned praise from coaches in camp and picked up a sack in the Titans' preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Safety Aaron Francisco also surprised some, as he had looked good on special teams.
Additionally, the following players were waived:
-FB Colin Mooney
CB Chris Hawkins
OL Michael Jasper
DT Lamar Divens
DE Malcom Sheppard
S Tracy Wilson
OL Kyle DeVan
TE Cameron Graham
WR James Kirkendoll
WR Michael Preston
OL Chris Morris
WR D.J. Woods
TE Brandon Barden
WR Devin Aguilar
In addition to the above, the Titans put the following players on Injured Reserve:
For more on the Tennessee Titans, check out Music City Miracle.
The Buffalo Bills cut 21 players and placed one on injured reserve Friday in order to get to the NFL 53-man roster limit. SB Nation Bills blog Buffalo Rumblings has the names of the players who were cut:
Here are the names of the 21 players released: running backs Johnny White and Zach Brown, wide receivers Derek Hagan, Ruvell Martin, Naaman Roosevelt, Kamar Aiken and Marcus Easley, tight end Kevin Brock, tackle James Carmon, guards Mark Asper, Keith Williams and David Snow, defensive ends Jarron Gilbert and Robert Eddins, defensive tackles Dwan Edwards and Kellen Heard, linebackers Scott McKillop and Tank Carder, cornerback Isaiah Green, safety Nick Saenz and punter Shawn Powell.
The team placed rookie offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders on injured reserved with an undisclosed injury. Buffalo Rumblings also notes that several 'bubble' players, including backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen, made the cut.
The San Diego Chargers have announced the 22 roster cuts made on Friday to bring the team down to the 53-man roster limit.
The Chargers cut a couple members of their backfield, running back Edwin Baker and the captain of the special teams Jacob Hester. That means the backfield will consist of Ronnie Brown, Le'Ron McClain, Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley until Ryan Mathews comes back from injury.
The other players released are Mario Henderson, Anthony Davis, Jacques Cesaire, Colin Baxter, Bront Bird, Charlie Bryant, Ricky Elmore, Darryl Gamble, Greg Gatson, Logan Harrell, Arthur Hobbs, Robert Malone, DeAndre Presley, Damik SCafe, Steve Schilling, Kory Sperry, Mike Willie, Sean Cattouse and Nick Novak.
Novak filled in for the injured Nate Kaeding last year, but Kaeding returned from injury with a strong preseason and training camp.
For more on the San Diego Chargers roster cuts, head over to Bolts From the Blue and join the discussion.
The Seattle Seahawks announced their final round of roster cuts on Friday evening. The team had until 9 p.m. ET to trim their roster down to 53 players.
It had taken some time for the coaching staff to identify their starting quarterback, although Russell Wilson was finally named the starter last week. After trading Tarvaris Jackson and cutting Josh Portis, the team has just two QBs on the roster: Wilson and Matt Flynn.
The following players have been waived: Phillip Adams, Pierre Allen, Allen Bradford, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, Paul Fanaika, Rishaw Johnson, Jermaine Kearse, Kyle Knox, Cordarro Law, Ricardo Lockette, Sean McGrath, Kris O'Dowd, Josh Portis, DeShawn Shead, Korey Toomer and Lavasier Tuinei.
Cooper Helfet and Vai Taua were waived due to injuries. James Carpenter has been placed on the PUP list. Matt McCoy was placed on the injured reserve. Walter Thurmond was placed on the PUP list while Pep Levingston was waived after reaching an injury settlement.
The Cincinnati Bengals have arrived at the NFL mandated 53-man roster. They did so by cutting 18 players from the team. Those players are:
QB Zac Robinson, RB Daniel Herron, FB James Develin, FB Jourdan Brooks, TE Colin Cochart, WR Vidal Hazelton, OT Matt O'Donnell, OG Otis Hudson, C Reggie Stephens, DE Micah Johnson, DE DeQuin Evans, DT Vaughn Meatoga, LB Grant Hunter, LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB T.J. Heath, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, S Tony Dye, LB Roddrick Muckelroy
The major surprise came at the linebacker position, where third-year pro Muckelroy was cut loose while undrafted free agent Vontaze Burfict made the roster.
The Bengals also announced on Friday night that they placed safety Tony Dye on injured reserve. Defensive tackle Pat Sims was placed on the PUP list, meaning he'll be eligible to return after six games. Linebacker Dontay Moch is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The 53-man roster for the Kansas City Chiefs was announced on Friday night. To get down to 53 players, the Chiefs cut 19 players and put two others on the season-ending injured reserve list.
• Brandon Bair DL
• Mikail Baker DB
• Josh Bellamy WR
• Rob Bruggeman OL
• Patrick DiMarco FB
• Chandler Fenner DB
• Darryl Harris G
• Junior Hemingway WR
• Jerome Long DL
• Gabe Miller LB
• David Mims OL
• Jamar Newsome WR
• Terrance Parks DB
• Lucas Patterson OL
• Rich Ranglin OL
• Neiko Thorpe DB
• Donald Washington S
• Amon Gordon DL
• Leon Williams LB
Look for the Chiefs to try to sneak some of these players past waivers and then sign them to their practice squad. Also, look for the Chiefs to look at who is on waivers this week and then make a few more roster moves before the season begins.
Cardinals trade CB AJ Jefferson to Vikings, according to NFL source. Compensation unknown but draft picks involved— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 1, 2012
The three-year veteran from Fresno State went undrafted in 2010 and was subsequently signed by the Cardinals. He only appeared in two games his rookie season, but was a stalwart on the Cardinals defense in 2011. He racked up 66 tackles and one interception while playing in every game.
All NFL teams had a deadline on Friday to cut the roster size down to 53 men.
The Green Bay Packers have trimmed their roster down to the required 53 players, in the process cutting 18 players from the team. Here is a list of the released players:
T Shea Allard, WR Diondre Borel, TE Brandon Bostick, QB B.J. Coleman, FB Nic Cooper, T Andrew Datko, C/G Tommie Draheim, C/G Sampson Genus, WR Curenski Gilleylen, WR Tori Gurley, DE Lawrence Guy, S Anthony Levine, CB Otis Merrill, WR Dale Moss, DT Daniel Muir, RB Marc Tyler, G Greg Van Roten and G/T Reggie Wells.
The Packers also announced that they moved tackle Derek Sherrod to the PUP list. Sherrod, a 2011 first round pick, is recovering from a broken leg that he suffered on Dec. 18, but he will be eligible to return at the halfway point of the season.
The team also placed linebacker Vic So'oto on injured reserve.
The St. Louis Rams cut down their roster to 53 players on Friday night, and it includes letting go backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. With Clemens released, that leaves the Rams backup quarterback being Austin Davis, who was an undrafted free agent signing.
The 53-man roster that was announced on Friday will likely be different by early next week as the Rams will see who is available through waivers and make some changes to the bottom part of their roster.
The players let go on Friday include:
• DT Cornell Banks
• C Tim Barnes
• QB Tom Brandstater
• DE Mason Brodine
• LB Aaron Brown
• LB Sammy Brown
• CB Kendric Burney
• DE Vernon Gholston
• FB Ben Guidugli
• TE Cory Harkey
• OL T-Bob Hebert
• DE Jamaar Jarrett
• WR Nick Johnson
• OT Joe Long
• G Bryan Mattison
• FB Ovie Mughelli
• TE Deangelo Peterson
• RB Chase Reynolds
• DE Scott Smith
• OL Jose Valdez
The 49ers announced their 21 cuts to the roster to get it down to the 53-man limit in time for Friday's deadline. Here is the full list of the players cut:
Quarterback Josh Johnson
Wide Receivers Chris Owusu, Nathan Palmer and Brett Swain
Tight ends Konrad Reuland and Kyle Nelson
Running back Rock Cartwright
Offensive lineman Al Netter, Derek Hall, Kenny Wiggins and Mike Person
Linebackers Eric Bakhtiari, Kenny Rowe, Wilhoite, Joe Holland, Ikaika Alama-Francis
Safeties Thomas, Colin Jones (trade)
Defensive tackles Tony Jerod-Eddie, Matthew Masifilo
Cornerback Anthony Mosley
The group is headlined by veteran running back Cartwright, whose 11 years of experience wasn't going to get him very far in the crowded 49ers backfield. Johnson was also a slight surprise, and his departure means that the 49ers will open the season with the exact same quarterback depth chart as they did in 2011: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien.
Here is the full list of players the Patriots cut Friday: wide receivers Deion Branch, Jeremy Ebert, Kerry Taylor and Jesse Holley; offensive linemen Dustin Waldron, Dan Koppen, Matt Kopa, Darrion Weems, Derek Dennis and Jeremiah Warren; defensive linemen Aaron Lavarias and Marcus Harrison; quarterback Brian Hoyer; defensive backs James Ihedigbo, Derrick Martin, Sergio Brown and Malcolm Williams; fullback Eric Kettani; tight ends Alex Silvestro and Tyler Urban; and linebackers Jeff Tarpinian and Niko Koutouvides.
Patriots.com has a breakdown of all of the players released by the Patriots.
The following players were waived:
In addition to those cuts, the Dolphins also terminated the contract of limebacker Gary Guyton, meaning the veteran does not have to go through the waiver wire. Rookie defensive end Jarrell Root was waived injured, and cornerback Kevyn Scott was waived with an injury settlement.
The New York Jets announced their final seven cuts Friday night, adding to the 15 waivers made on Friday afternoon, to bring the roster to the league threshold 53-man squad. The 22 Friday cuts:
White and Ganaway were two of the final seven cuts, joining the previously released Robert T. Griffin to make three 2012 draft picks who were roster casualties on Friday. All three were drafted in the sixth round or later, but Ganaway was, of course, the only player to score a touchdown for the Jets in their four preseason games.
The Dallas Cowboys have announced their 53-man roster on Friday night.
There will likely be changes as they are probably going to make some moves at the tail end of their roster. One player who performed well in camp who was let go, reportedly at his own request, was running back Lance Dunbar. The Cowboys also let go wide receiver Danny Coale, who was the team's fifth round draft pick this past year.
Here are the 23 players who did not make the team:
• OT Jeff Adams
• LB Baraka Atkins
• DL Ben Bass
• WR Tim Benford
• DL Robert Callaway
• QB Rudy Carpenter
• FB Shaun Chapas
• WR Danny Coale
• RB Lance Dunbar
• DL Clifton Geathers
• G/C Harland Gunn
• WR Saalim Hakim
• LB Adrian Hamilton
• OG Ronald Leary
• LB Orie Lemon
• OG Daniel Loper
• OT Pat McQuistan
• RB Jamize Olawale
• S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
• TE Andrew Szczerba
• CB Lionel Smith
• S Eddie Whitley
• CB Teddy Williams
The Cowboys are still very interested in landing some of these players on the practice squad, and they are multiple players who the Cowboys might try to bring back if they clear waivers.
The final cuts announced by the team are: wide receivers David Douglas, Isaiah Stanback and Dan DePalma; defensive ends Craig Marshall and Matt Broha; defensive tackles Dwayne Hendricks and Marcus Thomas; linebacker Jake Muasau; tight end Larry Donnell; offensive linemen Matt McCants, Selvish Capers, Chris White and Stephen Goodin; quarterback Ryan Perrilloux; and defensive backs Laron Scott, Bruce Johnson and Dante Hughes.
Safety Tyler Sash will serve a four-game suspension to start the season, so he doesn't count against the 53-man limit. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and defensive back Terrell Thomas were placed on injured reserve and will be out for the season.
The Arizona Cardinals made 18 cuts today to bring their roster down to 53 men in time for the NFL's Friday evening deadline.
Linebacker Clark Haggans, a 12-year veteran, highlighted the list as one of four linebackers that were released. The Cardinals also released wide receivers DeMarco Sampson, Stephen Williams and Isaiah Williams to bring the receiving corps down to just five people, including undrafted LaRon Bryd as the fifth option.
The rest of the cuts included:
Running backs Javarris James and Alfonso Smith
Quarterback Rich Bartel
Cornerback Crezdon Butler and Larry Parker
Safety Blake Gideon
Guard Russ Hochstein
Defensive Tackle Ricky Lumpkin
Linebackers Colin Parker, Quan Sturdivant and Brandon Williams
Tight end Steve Skelton and Martell Webb
Defensive end Ronald Talley and Everrette Thompson
Center Scott Wedige
Tackle D.J. Young
The Cardinals decided to keep Levi Brown on the injured reserve list.
For more on the Arizona Cardinals roster, head on over to Revenge of the Birds and join the conversation.
But don't make the mistake of thinking every one of these 53 guys will be with the Colts in a week - or in a day or two, at that. The Colts will be very active in the next few days, evaluating other team's cut players and deciding which players would help them. Look for the Colts to address the cornerback position, the offensive line and the nose tackle position (Antonio Johnson is actually the only active nose tackle currently).
Players cut by the Colts were: wide receivers Kashif Moore and Jeremy Ross; running backs Deji Karim andDarren Evans; tight ends Andre Smith and Kyle Miller; offensive tackles Mike Tepper and Steven Baker; centerZane Taylor, defensive tackles Chigbo Anunoby and Jason Shirley; linebackers Jerry Brown and Greg Lloyd; guard Hayworth Hicks, safeties Mike Newton and Latarrius Thomas, cornerback Brandon King and long snapper Justin Snow.
The Houston Texans have announced their 53-man roster on Friday night as well as the players who were cut from the team. The Texans had 20 players who they had to let go, and that list includes former Houston Cougar quarterback Case Keenum.
Here are the players who were not part of the final 53:
TE Logan Brock
DE Keith Browner
OLB D.J. Bryant
NT Hebron Fangupo
DE David Hunter
WR Juaquin Iglesias
OLB Delano Johnson
QB Case Keenum
DE Mitch King
ILB Shawn Loiseau
WR Jeff Maehl
OLB Rennie Moore
FS Troy Nolan
FB Moran Norris
SS Eddie Pleasant
TE Phillip Supernaw
C Cody Wallace
C Cody White
WR Jerrell Jackson
LT Rashad Butler
Butler was placed on the injured reserved list after he suffered a torn triceps muscle in the team's final preseason game on Thursday.
The Texans can still bring some of these players back to join the practice squad once they make their way through the waivers process, and only if they remain unclaimed by other teams.
The Denver Broncos have announced their final round of roster cuts on Friday afternoon, as the NFL's deadline looms. The team now has the required 53 players on their active roster. Here are all of the players who are no longer members of the Broncos.
Jamie Blatnick DE
Rafael Bush FS
Drayton Florence CB
Jerry Franklin SLB
Ben Garland DT
Adam Grant G
Ryan Harris T
Jason Hill WR
Tony Hills G
Duke Ihenacho SS
Cornelius Ingram TE
Jeremiah Johnson RB
Mike Mohamed MLB
Greg Orton WR
Gerell Robinson WR
Sealver Siliga NT
Syd'Quan Thompson CB
Wayne Tribue G
Adam Weber QB
It is worth noting that most of these players are eligible for the practice squad. Look for Denver to announce which players they will retain through waivers in the coming days.
In addition to these cuts, the Broncos have placed Jeremy Beal, a defensive end, on the injured reserve. Linebacker D.J. Williams and tight end Virgil Green have both been suspended for the start of the season.
Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore, a rookie out of Boise State, was among the players fighting for a roster spot who ended up safe as the Lions made cuts to get down to the NFL limit of 53 players Friday.
That will leave the Lions with nine defensive linemen at deadline with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill and defensive ends Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Willie Young, Lawrence Jackson and rookie Ronnell Lewis.
The Lions, who have had problems in the secondary, also cut cornerback Alphonse Smith, a former starter. Other players cut are: offensive linemen Dan Gerberry, Rodney Austin and Pat Boyle; wide receivers Patrick Edwards, Maurice Stovall, Lance Long and Wallace Miles; tight ends Alex Gottlieb and Austin Wells; defensive linemen Ugo Chinasa, Edmon McClam and Tracy Robertson; linebacker Carmen Messina; defensive backs Ross Weaver, Justin Miller and Rashard Langford and punter Ryan Donahue.
Running back Mikel LeShoure is suspended the first two games of the season, so he doesn't count towards the 53-man roster. See the entire Lions roster at Pride of Detroit.
Read more on the Lions at Pride of Detroit.
The Chicago Bears announced their final cuts on Friday, roughly five hours before the deadline for teams to cut their roster from 75 players to a maximum of 53. To reach the player limit, the Bears released 21 players and traded fullback Tyler Clutts to the Texans in exchange for cornerback Sherrick McManis.
With physicals still necessary to finalize the trade, the Bears will have to release one more player when McManis officially becomes a member of the team.
Among the 21 players released by the team are quarterback Josh McCown and running back Armando Allen. McCown and Allen each had very strong finishes to the preseason, as McCown led the team with two touchdown passes and a 90.7 passer rating en route to a 28-20 victory. Allen led the Bears on Thursday night in both rushing and receiving yards, while also forcing a fumble on special teams.
In addition, the Bears also announced the release of LB Xavier Adibi, DE Chauncey Davis, WR Rashied Davis, CB Jonathan Wilhite, WR Joe Anderson, WR Terriun Crump, WR Brittan Golden, OT Cory Brandon, OT James Brown, OT A.J. Greene, CB Cornelius Brown, CB Isaiah Frey, CB Greg McCoy, G Ricky Henry, S Mark LeGree, DT Jordan Miller, TE Brandon Venson, DE Aston Whiteside and LB Jabara Williams.
Read more on the Bears at the Windy City Gridiron.
The Atlanta Falcons got down to the NFL regular-season roster limit of 53 players but parting ways with 22 on the preseason roster on Friday.
Among the 22, veteran cornerback Dominique Franks, a fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2010, was waived. Franks saw considerable playing time for Atlanta in 2011.
Shann Schillinger, a safety, was spared only in the sense that he was placed on injured reserve and won't play this season.
Rookie wide receiver James Rodgers, the brother of Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers, was among those cut. James Rodgers set school records for catches (222) and all-purpose yards (6,377) in his career at Oregon State.
More on the Falcons' cuts here from SB Nation Atlanta:
Other than Franks, there weren't many other recognizable names (in terms of their pro careers) on the Falcons. But linebacker Spencer Adkins had most of his experience at the NFL level on special teams.
Friday is the day that NFL teams need to trim their roster to 53 players, and news about the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks releasing players is slowly coming out Friday afternoon. The 49ers released running back and special teams player Rock Cartwright, who sent out a tweet thanking the 49ers for the opportunity.
The 49ers also will be letting go of wide receiver Brett Swain. Swain was a longshot to land one of the wide receiver spots due to the team's depth at that position. During training camp, Swain played well enough to remain in the discussion, but after a poor showing in Thursday's final preseason game, that was the end of the line for Swain.
The Bills are letting go of veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards. Edwards spent the last two seasons with the Bills as a starting defensive end, but this season he was expected to be battling for a backup spot since the Bills switched to a 4-3 lineup.
For more news, notes and analysis from around the league, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their roster cuts to reach the NFL limit of 53 active players before Friday's deadline. The Steelers got to the 53-man limit by placing rookie linebacker Sean Spence on the injured reserve list and released 20 other players.
Spence, a third-round pick out of Miami, sustained a knee injury in the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers and will miss the 2012 season.
Here's the full list of the 20 players released by the Steelers on Friday:
DB Damon Cromartie-Smith
DB Terrence Frederick
DB Josh Victorian
LB Brandon Hicks
LB Marshall McFadden
DL Corbin Bryant
DL Igbinosun Ikponmwosa
DL Jake Stoller
QB Jerrod Johnson
RB DuJuan Harris
WR Tyler Beiler
WR Toney Clemons
WR David Gilreath
WR Marquis Maze
WR Derrick Williams
OL Trai Essex
OL Ryan Lee
OL John Malecki
OL Chris Scott
P Jeremy Kapinos
Of these names, Essex and Kapinos stand out as they had spent time with the Steelers organization. Essex had been with Pittsburgh since 2005 and played in 76 games with 28 starts, including all 16 games in 2009. Kapinos had punted in 12 games for the Steelers between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released quarterback Mike Kafka, according to a tweet from CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher. Kafka was involved in a battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the roster, but that spot is now likely to go to Trent Edwards.
2012 would be Kafka's third year in the NFL. He was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, 122nd overall. In the 2011 season he saw action in four games, making only 16 attempts in total. He completed 11 of them for 107 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid praised Kafka in a statement to the team's official website:
There was great competition at the quarterback position. That’s what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he’ll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon.
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The 49ers drafted him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he quickly proved himself as a special teams force. He was listed as a safety, but saw no time there last year, and was pretty far down the depth chart this year.
Jones is a native of Bridgeport, Texas and played his college ball at TCU where he was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team in 2010. For his NFL career, the 24-year-old has appeared in 13 games and has registered just six tackles.
The Cleveland Browns released veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace on Friday, according to a report from Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland. Wallace and Colt McCoy had been in a competition to make the roster along with rookie QB Brandon Weeden, but with Wallace set to make $2.4 million and McCoy scheduled to make $540,000 next season Wallace became the odd-man-out.
All three quarterbacks struggled to consistently make plays during the preseason. After the preseason finale on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur noted that "all three quarterbacks played like backups [on Thursday night]," so it's not as if McCoy set himself apart based on production or execution. The Browns open their regular season schedule at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9.
The Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano, have cut safety Oshiomogho (O.J.) Atogwe. Atogwe recently injured his hamstring in Thursday night's preseason game against the New York Jets.
Atogwe was trying to make the Eagles after playing 13 games for the Washington Redskins last season and being released in March. Atogwe was entering the second year of a five-year contract he signed with the Redskins. Prior to that, the former Stanford standout had played six seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
Atogwe has several impressive seasons on his resumé, including the 2007 season in which he amassed eight interceptions.
Gholston was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. After being expected to start at linebacker, the former Ohio State Buckeye didn't see much action on the field as a rookie, playing mostly on special teams. In his second season in New York, the Jets hired Rex Ryan as head coach, but it was more of the same for Gholston who was once again a minimal on-field contributor.
A year later, in 2010, Gholston converted from linebacker to defensive end but still didn't make an impact and in March of 2011, he was cut by the Jets and labeled a "bust" after three years with the team. He signed with the Chicago Bears in July of 2011 but was waived exactly one month later.
Originally selected by the Patriots with the No. 65 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, the 33-year-old receiver won two Super Bowl titles with the team in addition to being named the MVP in Super Bowl XXXIX. Following the 2005 season, he held out and was subsequently traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round pick. In 2010, he was traded back to the Patriots for a fourth round pick.
In 2011, Branch registered 51 receptions for 702 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games played.
Be sure to stick with this story stream all day for up to the minute news and notes for all the roster moves made around the league.
This comes as something of a shock for the former Michigan State QB, who was slated to be Tom Brady's backup. Hoyer has been with the Pats since 2009, appearing in 13 games.
Caplan also points out that Hoyer is not vested, so he could be claimed off of waivers as early as tomorrow at noon.
The Chicago Bears have traded FB Tyler Clutts to the Houston Texans in exchange for CB Sherrick McManis, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. The Texans, to make room on the roster for Clutts, waived FB Moran Norris. According to McClain, Clutts is expected to backup starting FB James Casey.
Clutts has been a journeyman in football since going undrafted out of Fresno State in 2008, playing two years in the Canadian Football League, and splitting time between the AFL and UFL in 2010. Clutts was signed off the Cleveland Browns practice squad in 2011 and played the past two season with Bears, splitting time between duties as fullback and long-snapper.
McManis was drafted by the Texans in the fourth round in 2010, playing primarily on special teams and getting spot duty as a backup cornerback.
This comes as something of a surprise to the media and fans. In Bleeding Green Nation's most recent 53-man roster projection for the Eagles, Hanson was a consensus pick to make the cut.
Hanson played in all 16 games for the Eagles last season, and has played in 93 since 2006. During that time he's racked up four interceptions and 2.5 sacks.
The undrafted defensive back began his career in San Francisco, but played in only 13 games with them before eventually signing with Philadelphia.
Hightower was attempting to return to the team's running back rotation after tearing his ACL last season. He practiced in pads for the first time since the injury on Aug. 22 prior to playing in Washington's final preseason game against the Colts last Saturday.
Originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 149 overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, Hightower was acquired by the Redskins via trade when the club sent defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a sixth-round pick to Arizona in 2011.
Hightower appeared in five games with the Redskins rushing for 321 yards and one touchdown on 84 attempts.
To stay up to date with all of the Washington Redskins roster cuts, be sure to check out Hogs Haven's cut tracker.
The report, from Redskins beat writer John Keim of the Washington Examiner, came via Twitter:
Just heard that Brandon Banks is in.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 31, 2012
Banks, the 5-foot-7, 153-pound wideout in his third season out of Kansas State, has impressed this preseason by using his gifts of agility and speed in making big, yardage-chewing plays for the Redskins, including a 91-yard punt return and two plays, a rush and reception, of over 40-yards.
His spot on Washington's final roster was questionable due to a couple of miscues -- a dropped handoff and muffed punt -- that left many, including SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven, questioning his merits as a legitimate roster option.
We know he can change a game, but he changes it for the worse as often (if not more) than he does for the better. I don't feel any better about Banks' chances of making the roster than I did in the past few weeks.
For more on the Redskins, continue to check out the work over at Hogs Haven.
The Chicago Bears have already made a wave cuts in an effort to reduce their roster to 53 players before the 8 p.m. CT deadline on Friday, and quarterback Josh McCown is among the early list of players trimmed from the roster. The veteran QB completed 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, but McCown has been released according to Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. As for what the Bears will do for an emergency QB behind Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune says the team will try to sign Matt Blanchard to the practice squad on Saturday.
As for other moves, FB Tyler Clutts has been cut, WR Brittan Golden is also out, S Mark LeGree received the same bad news, CB Greg McCoy will be looking for new work and CB Isaiah Frey has been cut but may be added to the practice squad.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune also notes that LB Xavier Adibi will likely be cut before the deadline on Friday night, and RB Armando Allen has reportedly lost out to Lorenzo Booker in the battle for the No. 3 RB spot.
One of the more high profile potential roster cuts on Friday is Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard. His status has been up in the air thanks to knee surgery three weeks ago, with most believing he'll be released by the deadline. Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post thinks otherwise though:
Source says— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) August 31, 2012
#Dolphins are keeping David Garrard "for the time being"
He did follow that up with the nugget that Garrard worked out for the team's coaching staff on Friday morning. It's pretty clear that the Dolphins want Garrard to be on the roster, but his knee injury is seriously complicating things. As recently as a few days ago, Garrard was unable to put much pressure on the knee at all, so it's unclear what workouts he took part in on Friday morning.
There were rumors swirling about Matt Moore earlier in the day, but thus far, he's still on the roster, bringing the total to four quarterbacks, adding in rookie starter Ryan Tannehill and second-year player Pat Devlin. The latter, Deviln, is eligible for the practice squad, so it's possible that the team keeps both Moore and Garrard, with Devlin riding the practice squad if they don't want four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.
It's cut day, and the Giants have begun making roster moves to cut their squad from 75 players to the 53 they need to have for the regular season opener. Prominent names already known to have been cut include Greg Jones, DJ Ware, and sixth-round pick Matt McCants.
Jones, a two-time all-American at Michigan State, played in all 16 games last season and was thrust into the Giants' starting role at middle linebacker last year after an injury to Jonathan Goff, but was replaced by Mark Herzlich as the team moved towards a Super Bowl victory. Ware has been with the Giants since 2007, but this past season was the running back's most prominent, carrying the ball a career-high 46 yards for 163 yards. McCants was the team's sixth-round pick, but the offensive tackle out of UAB did not impress in preseason play.
By 9 p.m. on Friday night every NFL team will need to trim their roster down to 53 players, the league-mandated maximum number of players. Teams are currently allowed to have 75 players, which means every team will have to cut up to 22 players. That's 704 free agents that will be hitting the market.
Every team played on Wednesday or Thursday of this week, the last set of preseason games. They have all the evaluation needed to make decisions on what their transactions will be.
Some players will be outright cut; others will be placed on IR, opening a roster spot. There are always surprises at this time of year. A veteran will undoubtedly be cut that stuns everyone, whether it be based on ability or money.
One team's trash is another team's treasure, which is the best way to describe what will happen on Friday and the days ahead.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more on the 2012 NFL roster cuts.
NFL teams made a series of roster moves to get their numbers down to the required 75 players by the Monday afternoon deadline, including putting players on IR and the PUP list. What are the rules governing those various roster tools used by teams?
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