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August 27th, 2012, 9:36 am
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Re: Here's comes the Turk (2012 edition)
It’s the first cut-down day of the week Posted by Mike Florio on August 27, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT
Earlier this year, the NFL expanded offseason rosters to 90 for the first time ever. And so now it’s time, for the first time ever, to start moving from 90 to 53.
By 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, every team must be at 75 players.They’ll get there by one or more of the following devices: waiving players with fewer than four years of experience; cutting vested veterans with four or more years of NFL service (like Terrell Owens); placing players on injured reserve; moving players from the active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the reserve/PUP list; and shifting players from the active/Non-Football Injury list to the reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
At least half the league already has started the process, which we’re tracking comprehensively.
Then, by Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET, every team must be at 53 players.
Between now and then, there will be churning of the 75-man roster. Players who thought they had secured a chance to play in the final preseason game (in the hopes of securing a chance to make it to the 53-man roster) will learn that they’ve been bumped by players claimed on waivers or signed as free agents.
That same churning will happen after Friday, with the final five-to-10 spots on the 53-man roster changing not just between September 1 and September 9 but throughout the season.
It’ll be a disappointing week for many players, but it’s a necessary step in getting teams ready for the coming season. The opening game is only nine days away.
Report: Neil Rackers cut by Redskins Posted by Josh Alper on August 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT
Teams are drawing a line after the 75th player on their roster on Monday and it appears that Neil Rackers has wound up on the wrong side of it.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the veteran kicker has been cut loose by the Redskins, which means that Graham Gano was able to hold off a training camp challenge to his job in Washington. Rackers signed with the Redskins in April and was given a good chance of winning the job at that point in time, but Gano showed the Redskins staff something more to their liking.
Rackers missed one of the two field goals he tried in the preseason, which is two more attempts than Gano received in the first three games. Gano got touchbacks on 2-of-6 kickoffs while Rackers had one in four tries, but it doesn’t seem like games separated the two kickers all that much. Gano’s younger leg and/or Rackers not making it clear he was the better choice likely played a role in this one.
The Redskins could still look to replace Gano before the start of the season as other kickers shake loose in the coming days. Rackers could also get a look elsewhere, perhaps back in Houston where Rackers’ presumed replacement — fifth-round pick Randy Bullock — was placed on injured reserve over the weekend.
Pats part ways with Donte’ Stallworth Posted by Mike Florio on August 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT
The logjam at wideout has gotten a little thinner in New England.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, receiver Donte’ Stallworth has been released.
Stallworth returned to New England earlier this year, after appearing in every game of a 16-0 perfect season in 2007, starting nine. A first-round pick of the Saints in 2002, Stallworth has remained in the NFL for a full decade without ever generating a 1,000-yard season.
Stallworth had appeared in all three of New England’s preseason games, catching five passes for 61 yards. Other veteran receivers possibly on the roster bubble include Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney.
Stallworth has played for the Saints, Eagles, Patriots, Browns, Ravens, and Redskins. He returned to the game in 2010 after a full-season suspension resulting from a guilty plea to DUI manslaughter in Miami. At a time when the Miami Dolphins could use help at the position, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Dolphins will be interested — and whether that three-year-old incident would be an impediment.
If the Dolphins pass on this specific pass-catcher, there’s always Seattle.
Colts waive 11 ahead of Monday’s 75-man roster deadline Posted by Josh Alper on August 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT
The Colts have already had a busy day when it comes to transactions and they stayed busy on Sunday night by releasing the names of 11 players waived as the team makes its way toward 75 players ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline.
The team parted ways with 2011 sixth-round pick Chris Rucker after Rucker wasn’t able to win a job at cornerback for a team that’s been looking everywhere they can for help at the position this summer. Vontae Davis‘ arrival could have helped end Rucker’s Colts tenure. Three other cornerbacks — Cameron Chism, Antonio Fenelus and Terrence Johnson — are also among those hitting the waiver wire.
Safety Matt Merletti, safety David Caldwell, linebacker Mike Balogun, wide receiver Quan Cosby, running back Alvester Alexander, guard Jason Foster and punter Brian Stahovich round out the list of waived players. The Colts also announced nose tackle Brandon McKinney will miss the season with a torn ACL, so he’ll hit injured reserve at some point.
With the top waiver priority in the league, the Colts will likely be one of the busier teams in the next few days as they sort through players from other rosters that they feel could improve their roster. The 75 players who survive the deadline aren’t guaranteed jobs in any city, but they aren’t even guaranteed to be among the 75 sweating out final cuts on Friday in Indy.
Bills make 10 moves, get to roster limit Posted by Darin Gantt on August 26, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT
The Bills announced that they placed tight end Mike Caussin on reserve/PUP, and released nine players to get to the 75-man limit.
They cut journeyman wide receiver David Clowney, along with cornerback Prince Miller, who spent time on their practice squad.
Clowney’s speed has never translated into steady NFL work, as he’s bounced through Packers, Jets and Panthers camps.
Also released were: Linebacker Danny Batten, defensive end Sean Ferguson, tight end Fendi Onobun, defensive tackle Jay Ross, wide receiver Derek Session, defensive back Nick Sukay and guard Jake Vermiglio.
Batten, a 2010 sixth-rounder, was the only one of their draft picks to get released.
Seahawks drop Deuce Lutui, Alex Barron, others Posted by Mike Florio on August 26, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT
Terrell Owens let the cat out of the bag earlier today, disclosing on Twitter that he’d been cut. The Seahawks have now taken to Twitter to announce the release of Owens and various other moves.
Gone are guard Deuce Lutui, tackle Alex Barron, receiver Phil Bates, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Donny Lisowski, cornerback Ron Parker, and running back Tyrell Sutton.
The Seahawks also waived the following players with the “injured” designation: linebacker Jameson Konz, defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston, cornerback Roy Lewis, and tight end Cameron Morrah. If unclaimed, each man will revert to the team’s injured reserve list.
Lutui, who played for coach Peter Carroll at USC and entered the league in 2006 as a second-round pick of the Cardinals, signed with the Seahawks in April. Barron, a first-round pick of the Rams in 2005, arrived in May.
Lutui had been listed as the second-string right guard. Barron was the third-team right tackle.
Chiefs cut 14 to get to 75-man limit Posted by Darin Gantt on August 26, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT
The Chiefs released 14 players Sunday, getting to the 75-man limit a day early.
It wasn’t much of a list, as second-year wideout Jeremy Horne (who doesn’t have a regular season catch) was the most experienced player cut.
Linebacker Caleb Campbell, from Army, was also on the list.
The others, per the team, were: Fullback Shane Bannon, tight end Tim Biere, wide receivers Brandon Kinnie, Zeke Markshausen and Aaron Weaver, offensive linemen Justin Cheadle and Cam Hollland, defensive end Ethan Johnson, linebacker Dexter Heyman, defensive backs Dominique Ellis and Jean Fanor and kicker Matt Szymanski.
Ravens announce roster moves, explain decision to cut Cundiff Posted by Mike Florio on August 26, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT
Billy Cundiff has company for his misery.
The eight-year veteran wasn’t the only guy cut on Sunday by the Ravens. The team has announced the decision to party ways with Cundiff, along with several other roster moves.
Gone are tight end Davon Drew, receiver Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordan Maybin, center Cecil Newton (brother of Cam), long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart, and receiver Patrick Williams.
Drew was a fifth-round pick in 2009. The rest were street free agents.
“Billy had a great camp, the best he has had with us,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He showed, like he always has, a toughness and an ability to come back and be a top-flight NFL kicker. These decisions are never easy, and this one was difficult for all of us — Ozzie [Newsome], Jerry [Rosburg] and me. Of course, that says something about Justin [Tucker], the way he has kicked and our belief in him. But, that does not say something less about Billy. Billy was ready in every way to be our kicker. He’ll kick in the NFL. He’s a very good kicker and an even better person.”
Cundiff missed a field goal that would have forced overtime in the AFC title game. Cutting the veteran and going with Tucker creates $1.2 million in cap space. For both reasons, it made sense to have a fresh start.
Titans announce roster moves, including Mariani to IR Posted by Darin Gantt on August 26, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT
The Titans got down to the 75-man roster limit by placing return man Marc Mariani on injured reserve, among other moves, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean.
Mariani suffered a Theismann-level broken leg Thursday night, fracturing the tibia and fibula in his left leg.
He had made the Pro Bowl as a return man in 2010, but was working to become more a part of the offense.
The Titans also placed safety Markelle Martin on PUP, and released the following players: Running back Herb Donaldson, center William Vlachos, quarterback Nick Stephens, kicker Will Batson, tight end Joey Haynos, offensive linemen George Bias and Jonathan Palmer, safety Christian Scott and wide receivers Chase Deadder, LaQuinton Evans and Marcus Harris.
Bears make roster moves, place Brandon Hardin on IR Posted by Darin Gantt on August 26, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT
The Bears did most of the work to get to the 75-man roster limit, placing safety Brandon Hardin on IR, wide receiver Johnny Knox on PUP and releasing veteran defensive tackle John McCargo and waived eight other players.
The Bears also waived linebacker K.C. Asiodu, quarterback Matt Blanchard, safety Trevor Coston, receivers Terriun Crump and Chris Summers; and defensive end Derek Walker; and waived/injured linebacker Adrien Cole and guard Nick Pieschel.
Hardin suffered a neck injury making a tackle against the Redskins, but never lost consciousness or feeling in his extremities, and the third-round pick is expected to make a full recovery.
Knox will miss the first six weeks of the season, after suffering a back injury last December.
The moves take the Bears roster to 77, meaning two more will have to be cut by tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE 5:18 p.m. ET: The Bears also have waived defensive end Thaddeus Gibson, dropping the roster to 76.
Eagles part ways with Cliff Harris Posted by Mike Florio on August 26, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT
Cornerback Cliff Harris has gotten his NFL opportunity. And so far it hasn’t worked out.
The former All-American at Oregon who ended up kicked off the team and ultimately undrafted didn’t survive the first phase of roster reductions from 90 to 75 in Philly.
The Eagles waived Harris on Sunday, a day after dropping from 90 to 80.
Harris will now be exposed to waivers, where cornerback-needy teams (cough . . . Colts . . . cough) will have a crack at him. (Actually, the Colts have first dibs on every player waived, through the first three weeks of the regular season.)
The Eagles must make four more roster moves by Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET, and another 22 by Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Falcons get down to 75 players Posted by Josh Alper on August 25, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT
The Falcons are down to 75 players well in advance of Monday’s deadline to get to that number.
Atlanta officially placed tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve after an upper arm injury ended his season earlier this week.The other familiar name among the Falcons who won’t be continuing on with the team this season is tight end Chase Coffman. The former 2009 third-round pick signed with the Falcons earlier this month, but wasn’t able to do enough to stay off of waivers.
The Falcons also waived linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, wide receiver Kenny Stafford, and tight end Aron White on Saturday. Defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls received injury settlements from the team.
Atlanta doesn’t have to make any more moves, but they could wind up shuffling the pieces again if a player they like falls out of another team’s tree in the next few days.
Eagles trim roster to 80 Posted by Mike Florio on August 25, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT
The Eagles have landed at 80 players on the roster.
The first 10 to go as Philly moves to 75 are receiver Elvis Akpla (pictured), safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, receiver Brian Hernandez, receiver McKay Jacobson, receiver Tiger Jones, guard Alfred McCullough, safety Tom Nelson, cornerback Kevin Thomas, and tackle Thomas Welch.
Kevin Thomas arrived via a trade with the Colts. The rest were rookie free agents and other young, unestablished players.
The Eagles have to make five more roster moves by Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Vikings drop 15 players Posted by Mike Florio on August 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
The Turk was busy in Minnesota today.
The Vikings have made the move from 90 to 75 players, one day after a 12-10 preseason loss to the Chargers and two days before the mandatory deadline for making the first step toward the looming move to 53.
The following players — all rookies and one- or two-year veterans — have been waived: guard Bridger Buche, running back Derrick Coleman, guard Grant Cook, linebacker Soloman Elimimian, defensive back Corey Gatewood, tackle Levi Horn, defensive end Anthony Jacobs, receiver Kamar Jorden, receiver A.J. Love, linebacker Tyler Nielsen, defensive end Ernest Owusu, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, cornerback Chris Stroud, receiver Kerry Taylor, and receiver Bryan Walters.
The Vikings previously had waived rookie receiver Greg Childs and rookie defensive back Nicholas Taylor, both of whom reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.
Jets cut to 80 before third preseason game Posted by Mike Florio on August 25, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT
Most teams make their first roster cuts after the third preseason game. The Jets decided to follow the advice of Lee Corso and trim the squad to 80, a day before hosting the Panthers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Gone are receiver Dexter Jackson (Gantt is quietly weeping into a tobacco leaf), guard Terrence Campbell, long snapper Derek Chard, defensive tackle Matt Hardison, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, safety Marcus Lott, and receiver Raymond Webber.
A second-round pick in 2008, Jackson has bounced from Tampa to Carolina to the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL to the Jets.
Jackson played in neither of the Jets’ preseason games, and for his career he has appeared in only seven NFL regular-season games, with no receptions. He returned 14 kickoffs and 20 punts as a rookie in Tampa.
I think that covers all the ones to date, now for the 'newer' info:
Steelers send 15 packing to get to 75 Posted by Mike Florio on August 27, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT
Myron Rolle AP
The Steelers have beaten the deadline by more than six hours, parting ways with 15 players to comply with the mandatory reduction from 90 to 75.
The Steelers have released linebacker Ryan Baker, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, wide receiver Paul Cox, cornerback Andre Freeman, kicker Daniel Hrapmann, offensive lineman Kyle Jolly, long snapper Matt Katula, tight end Jamie McCoy, cornerback Walter McFadden, tight end Justin Peelle, safety Myron Rolle, wide receiver Juamorris Stewart, defensive tackle Kade Weston, and wide receiver Jimmy Young.
The Steelers also waived linebacker Mortty Ivy with the “injured” designation. If he clears waivers, he’ll revert to injured reserve.
The biggest name on the list is Myron Rolle (pictured), a former Rhodes Scholar and a sixth-round pick in 2010.
Terrell Suggs hits PUP list as Ravens go to 75 players Posted by Josh Alper on August 27, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT
The Ravens made a handful of cuts on Sunday to start trimming their roster in advance of Monday afternoon’s deadline and they announced a series of other roster machinations to get down to 75 men on Monday morning.
Ever since Terrell Suggs injured his Achilles this offseason, he’s vowed to make a return to the field this season and the Ravens have kept that possibility alive by placing him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. That means he’s free to start practicing after the Ravens have played six games. After six games, Suggs would have three weeks to start practicing and, if he does, another three weeks to hit the active roster or the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year will have to be released or placed on injured reserve.
The Ravens also placed wide receiver David Reed on the PUP list. He’s recovering from a torn ACL suffered in December.
Baltimore rounded out their moves by placing linebacker Stevie Baggs, linebacker Darryl Blackstock, safety Emanuel Cook, and defensive tackle Ryan McBean on injured reserve. The 2012 season is over for all of those players.
Cowboys make 11 moves, get roster down to 76 players Posted by Michael David Smith on August 27, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT
Dallas is down to 76 players on the active roster after announcing 11 moves on Monday morning.
The Cowboys released tackle Levy Adcock, punter Delbert Alvarado, tight end Harry Flaherty, receiver David Little, tackle Tyrone Novikoff, receiver Raymond Radway, running back Javarris Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson. They also waived/injured receiver Donavon Kemp and linebacker Caleb McSurdy.
Kevin Kowalski, a guard/center who hasn’t been able to go at all since the start of training camp, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list.
The Cowboys have to make one more move before 4 PM EDT today to get down to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players. You can keep tabs on all of the NFL’s 75-man roster cutdown moves right here.
Jags complete the cuts to 75 Posted by Mike Florio on August 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT
The Jaguars got a head start on the process of cutting the roster to 75 on Saturday, dropping among others veteran cornerback Ashton Youboty.
The Jags finished the process Monday morning via use of the reserve lists.
Four players have landed on injured reserve: guard John Estes, guard Drew Nowak, guard/center Jason Spitz, and tight end Matt Veldman. Also, fullback Brock Bolen was waived with the injured designation; if unclaimed he’ll be placed on injured reserve.
Also, defensive end John Chick and linebacker Clint Session were shifted from the active/PUP list to the reserve/PUP list. They’ll be eligible to return after Week Six.
Holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t count against the current 75-man roster, because he’s on the reserve/did not report list.
Raiders get down to 75-man limit Posted by Darin Gantt on August 27, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT
The Raiders have gotten to the mandatory 75-player limit by making 12 moves.
They waived linebacker Korey Bosworth (the nephew of Bo Jackson’s doormat Brian) along with the following players: Defensive ends Mason Brodine and Wayne Dorsey, safeties Aaron Henry and Chaz Powell, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receivers Thomas Mayo and DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and fullback Manase Tonga.
They also waived-injured fullback Rashawn Jackson and offensive lineman Ed Wang.
Vince Young says farewell to the Bills Posted by Michael David Smith on August 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT
Vince Young is on the way out in Buffalo.
Although Young’s release hasn’t been officially announced by the Bills, he wrote a farewell message on Twitter on Monday morning.
“I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season,” Young wrote. “Respect Bills fans.”
When the Bills decided to acquire quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a trade from the Seahawks, it was a clear sign that Young would be sent packing. With Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter and Jackson as the new No. 2, there’s really no reason for Young to be on the roster.
The third overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Young has had moments of brilliance as an NFL quarterback but has also had moments when he looked totally incapable of running an NFL offense. Young has talent, but he’s going to have a tough time finding any team that thinks he’s a good fit.
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Re: Here's comes the Turk (2012 edition)
According to detroitlions.com beat writer Tim Twentyman, the Lions are expected to cut kicker Derek Dimke, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guards Jacques McClendon and J.C. Oram, linebacker Slade Norris, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner and wide receiver Terrance Tolliver.
Jarett Dillard and fullback James Bryant were already let go this morning. No surprises here, perhaps Green. About 5 more needed besides these...
Green they may put on PS right? The rest, no big suprises, no real losses.
August 27th, 2012, 12:13 pm
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Re: Here's comes the Turk (2012 edition)
Beckum, Canty placed on PUP as Giants go to 75 Posted by Josh Alper on August 27, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT
The Giants placed a couple of veterans on the physically-unable-to-perform list as part of the roster moves they made to get to 75 players ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline.
Tight end Travis Beckum was expected to wind up on the PUP list after he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl, but the team wasn’t planning to be without defensive tackle Chris Canty for at least the first six games of the year. Canty had knee surgery this offseason and he’s claimed that his knee is in better shape now than it was when he was playing a major role in the push for the title last year. That hasn’t helped him actually start practcing, though, and now his clock’s been reset.
The Giants waived 11 players on Monday. Tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, defensive back Chris Horton, wide receiver Julian Talley, wide receiver Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive back Brandon Bing, defensive back Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson will all be available to any team that wishes to claim them.
Veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden was released, which isn’t a great sign for his future given the need for healthy corners in Jersey right now, and fourth-round offensive lineman Brandon Mosley’s rookie year is over with the team placing him on injured reserve.
Saints announce cuts, including veteran DT Remi Ayodele Posted by Darin Gantt on August 27, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT
The Saints announced they’ve cut veteran defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and quarterback Luke McCown as a part of Monday’s deadline moves.
So if Ayodele says “give me my money,” again, it’ll be to a new employer.
The Saints also waived the following players: Tight end Jake Byrne, wide receivers Marques Clark, Kevin Hardy and Derek Moye, offensive linemen Hutch Eckerson, Paul Fenaroli and Brian Folkerts, defensive end Donavan Robinson, defensive tackle Swanson Miller, linebacker Aaron Tevis, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Cord Parks and safety Johnny Thomas.
Lions start working their way to the 75-man limit Posted by Josh Alper on August 27, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT
Kicker Jason Hanson will be with the Lions for the 21st straight season.
Any doubt about Hanson’s place on the team’s roster was eliminated Monday when Tim Twentyman of the team’s website reported that Derek Dimke has been told he’ll be released ahead of Monday afternoon’s deadline to get down to 75 players. Hanson shared a locker room with the likes of Barry Sanders, Andre Ware and Bennie Blades in his first season and it probably goes without saying that he’s the only player from that team still active in the NFL.
Per Twentyman, the Lions have also told fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris, guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner and receiver Terrence Toliver to turn in their playbooks before heading off to the next stop on their journeys.
The Lions have five more moves to make before the 4 p.m. deadline. One name to watch is running back Jahvid Best, who hasn’t been medically cleared and is expected to go on the physically-unable-to-perform list to start the season.