Colts waived QB Ryan Lindley.
Lindley was signed before Week 17, when the Colts found themselves in truly dire quarterback straits. Going on 27, Lindley has scattered six starts across four NFL seasons. At best, he’ll compete for someone’s No. 3 job next summer.
Colts released QB Josh Freeman.
Signed as an emergency stop-gap prior to Week 17, Freeman was expected to compete for a backup role behind Andrew Luck. With Freeman gone and Matt Hasselbeck not expected to return, the Colts have to find a capable backup this offseason. Freeman will likely find a home as a camp arm this summer.
Eagles released QB Tim Tebow.
Tebow’s apostles took Friday’s trade of Matt Barkley as a sign that he’d be the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback, but the team has instead made the increasingly-common decision to go with only two signal callers. Mark Sanchez is one of the league’s most experienced backups, making a third unnecessary for the time being. Tebow was impressive as a runner this summer while making some plays with his arm, but racked up stats against third- and fourth-string defenders, and hadn’t appeared to make any meaningful progress on his previous form. A surprisingly great television presence, Tebow should be headed back to ESPN’s SEC Network.
Broncos waived QB Christian Ponder.
Perhaps Peyton Manning (foot, ribs) is getting closer to a return. Ponder never put any heat on Trevor Siemian behind Brock Osweiler. It’s probably time for Ponder to move on with his life.
Browns signed QB Pat Devlin.
With Johnny Manziel (elbow) shut down for the remainder of the preseason, Devlin will serve as a camp arm. Devlin will not make it through final cuts.
Raiders signed Nevada QB Cody Fajardo.
Fajardo (6’1/223) succeeded Colin Kaepernick as a four-year starter for the Wolf Pack, completing 65.5 percent of his passes with a 57:29 TD-to-INT ratio in Nevada’s Pistol Spread. He averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt and tacked on 44 rushing scores. Fajardo is smart (31 Wonderlic) and a legitimate scrambling threat with 4.63 speed, but offers sub-par arm strength and accuracy, and doesn’t react well under duress. Fajardo would be a better Arena League prospect.
Bears signed ECU QB Shane Carden.
Carden (6’2/218) was named the American Conference’s Offensive POY by the league’s coaches as a senior after completing 66.6 percent of his collegiate passes with an 86:30 TD-to-INT ratio. A scrambling threat at ECU, Carden added 24 rushing TDs, but has 4.94 speed and isn’t a true dual threat. A weak-armed but tough prospect who will likely spend his NFL career holding a clipboard, Carden has been compared to Bruce Gradkowski by CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler.
Seahawks signed QB R.J. Archer, DL Will Pericak, WR Kevin Smith, C Jared Wheeler, LB Brendan Kelly, LS Luke Ingram, and OG C.J. Davis to reserve/future contracts.
These are roster-filler signings for the offseason. Archer will turn 28 before the 2015 season and isn’t much of a prospect. He played his college ball at William & Mary before going undrafted in 2010.
Ravens signed Prairie View A&M QB Jerry Lovelocke.
Lovelocke (6’5/248) was a four-year starter for the PVAMU Panthers, completing 57.6 percent of his senior-year passes with a 16:9 TD-to-INT ratio and ten additional rushing scores. A massive quarterback with 10 1/2-inch hands and 34 1/4-inch arms, Lovelocke has ideal tight end dimensions and could get a look there after running 4.81/4.84 at his Pro Day with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Lovelocke isn’t going to make it as a quarterback.
Cardinals signed QB Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract.
A fourth-year journeyman, Harnish played for Bruce Arians in Indianapolis. He could fight for No. 3 duties in the desert, but is likely just a camp arm.
Seahawks signed QB Jake Waters.
The rookie from Kansas State signed on with Jaguars after going undrafted, but he was cut before training camp. With Tarvaris Jackson (ankle) sidelined, Waters will serve as a camp arm. Seattle cut LS Nate Boyer to make room on the roster.
KAKE Wichita reports free agent RB Joseph Randle was arrested again Sunday for failing to appear in court.
That’s now four arrests for Randle since getting cut by the Cowboys in November and six total in the last 17 months. He’s being held in Sedgwick County jail on $150,000 bail. Randle was just released on bond Thursday after his arrest February 21 for allegedly hitting three people with his car. Randle can kiss his NFL career goodbye.
Free agent RB Zurlon Tipton was arrested early Christmas morning on one charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon in Greenwood, Ind.
Tipton, just cut by the Colts earlier this week, said he received threatening text messages from his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, indicating the girlfriend was going to be harmed. Tipton drove to his girlfriend’s house, believing the ex was there, from a Christmas Eve party around 1 AM and fired a round from his AR-15 assault rifle in the driveway. He fled the scene and was tracked down just a couple blocks away. Police say Tipton was in full cooperation, had a valid license to carry the gun, and was immediately released on $3,000 bond.
Steelers waived RB Isaiah Pead.
He signed with Pittsburgh after Le’Veon Bell’s season-ending MCL tear but never saw the field. Fitzgerald Toussaint will replace him on the active roster. Pead’s NFL career is hanging on by a thread.
The Cowboys will work out free agent RB LaMichael James during the bye week.
The Dolphins waived him after he fumbled in the season opener. If James signs, he’ll mostly be used on special teams.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers won’t sign Alonzo Harris to the practice squad because of his influence on Eddie Lacy.
Both players missed curfew the night before Green Bay’s game against the Lions. Cleary the Packers have some concerns about Lacy’s off-field behavior. Harris is a big body and should be able to catch on elsewhere but the door to Green Bay is closed for him.
Bears waived RB Antone Smith.
DT D’Anthony Smith was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. Signed in early October, Smith ended up notching only one carry in five games. Smith was a lightning change of pace back for the Falcons last season, but evidently isn’t the same since breaking his leg. Now on the wrong side of 30, Smith will struggle to find work in 2016.
The Rams did not tender an offer to restricted free agent RB Chase Reynolds, making him a free agent.
Reynolds is a core special teamer. He turns 29 in October.
Free agent RB Storm Johnson worked out for the Bengals last week.
Johnson didn’t play in 2015 after he failed to make it out of final cuts with the Jaguars. The 2014 seventh-rounder averaged a pitiful 3.0 YPC on 29 carries as a rookie and was subject of criticism from coach Gus Bradley last spring.
Steelers waived RB Josh Harris.
With Le’Veon Bell on suspension, the Steelers appear poised to enter the season with only DeAngelo Williams and Dri Archer on the roster at tailback. For now, they’re carrying two fullbacks in Will Johnson and Roosevelt Nix.
Falcons waived RB Jerome Smith.
A plodder out of Syracuse, Smith was proven to be a sub-average fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan’s zone scheme. With Antone Smith also on the outs in Atlanta, the Falcons’ current tailback depth chart looks like Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Terron Ward, although that is subject to change before Monday.
NFL.com’s Rand Getlin reports free agent RB Daniel Thomas is “eager and ready to go.”
That’s “Fumblin'” Dan Thomas, to you. Going on 29, Thomas was out of the league last season after his Dolphins career wheezed to an end in 2014. Thomas has averaged an abysmal 3.6 yards per carry across 409 NFL totes. He’s simply not a major league talent.
Broncos signed RB Jeremy Stewart off their practice squad.
Rookie RB Kapri Bibbs was waived in a corresponding move. Stewart will slot in as the No. 3 back behind C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. Bibbs will likely return to the Broncos practice squad if he clears waivers.
Raiders waived RB Michael Dyer.
The undrafted rookie out of Louisville care of Auburn appeared to have a roster spot locked up when Oakland cut Trent Richardson, but he now looks destined to spend his rookie year on the practice squad. Dyer gained 70 yards on 31 carries (2.3 YPC) this preseason.
Cowboys waived RB Lache Seastrunk.
Seastrunk was a flashy college player for the Baylor Bears, but has never been able to figure out the NFL game. The fact that he couldn’t carve out a role in a backfield as bereft of talent as Dallas’ signals he’s just about at the end of the NFL line.
Free agent H-back James Casey worked out for the Giants on Tuesday.
As did ex-Giants TE Adrien Robinson. Down to one healthy tight end behind a questionable Larry Donnell (neck), the G-Men need to add somebody for Week 9.
The Buccaneers are expected to move on from restricted free agent FB Jorvorskie Lane.
Lane broke his leg against the Bears in the season finale. He earned PFF’s eighth-lowest fullback grade out of 22 qualifiers in 2015. The four-year veteran turned 29 this month.
Saints signed FB Erik Lorig, formerly of the Bucs, to a four-year contract.
Lorig, 27, is replacing Jed Collins as the Saints lead blocker. Neither is particularly strong as an actual blocker, per PFF. Lorig has never carried the ball in four seasons but has 30 career catches for 193 yards and a score.
According to the Denver Post, the Broncos’ fullback depth chart “begins and ends” with Joe Don Duncan.
The Broncos abandoned the fullback position in recent years, but coach Gary Kubiak is hoping that will change this season. Duncan is a 6’3″, 268-pound behemoth who played tight end in college. Injuries sidelined him for his entire rookie campaign. Kubiak says the team will also look to add a fullback in the draft.
Bellevue Police recommended felony hit-and-run charges for Seahawks RB Derrick Coleman stemming from an October accident.
Coleman left the scene of an accident which left another motorist with head injuries and a broken collarbone. He was found two blocks from the crash. The police allege Coleman smoked synthetic marijuana before the accident, and an open bag of “synthetic cannabinoids” was found in the car. Coleman’s agents released a statement shortly after the accident claiming Coleman had simply fallen asleep and left the scene because he was disoriented. The case has now been turned over to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine if Coleman will be charged. That process could take several weeks. Coleman was suspended one game by the Seahawks for the incident, and he will likely face more punishment from the league once the legal process plays out.
Giants released FB Henry Hynoski.
Hynoski was re-signed to a two-year deal in March, but he was beaten out by Nikita Whitlock, who offers more on special teams. Giants also waived K Chirs Boswell.
49ers signed No. 245 overall pick FB Trey Millard to a four-year contract.
Recovering from a torn ACL, Millard (6-foot-2, 247 pounds) was not a pure blocker for Oklahoma, turning 98 college carries into 538 yards (5.5 YPC). He also caught 70 passes and scored 13 all-purpose touchdowns. He’s a potential “redshirt” candidate for a 49ers team that likes to stockpile talent.
Texans waived FB Brad Smelley.
Smelley has just four NFL appearances to his name, but had been atop the Texans’ depth chart late last season. It’s possible he wasn’t 100 percent healthy after tearing his calf in Week 16. Sixth-round rookie Jay Prosch is now the Texans’ lead blocker.
Eagles signed FB/TE Emil Igwenagu off their practice squad.
Igwenagu is an H-back type that got a lot of reps during training camp when Brent Celek was sidelined by a sprained knee. Now he’ll back up starter Clay Harbor with Celek (concussion) ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Bengals.
Titans waived FB Zach Boren, CB Ri’Shard Anderson, DB Khalid Wooten, DB Jemea Thomas, DL Isaako Aaitui, WR Josh Stewart and LB Kaelin Burnett.
There’s nary a notable name on the list. The back end of the Titans’ roster boasts very little upside.
Browns waived FB Kiero Small.
Small started the last two games and will likely be added to practice squad if he clears waivers. The Browns re-signed FB Ray Agnew in a corresponding move.
Cowboys signed LSU FB J.C. Copeland.
Copeland (5-foot-11 1/8, 271) went to LSU as a four-star defensive tackle, but converted to fullback as a true freshman and became a 22-game starter. What Copeland lacks in versatility — he’s no more than a short-yardage runner and caught seven career passes at LSU — he makes up for with aggressive, relentless lead blocking. An extremely physical player, Copeland consistently removed linebackers from plays to clear alleys for Jeremy Hill. Dallas isn’t a great landing spot for Copeland, however, due to OC Scott Linehan’s pass-happy leanings.
Bills waived FB John Conner.
Conner needed to show extremely well on special teams to make the Bills’ 53 behind Jerome Felton. Felton will serve as Shady McCoy’s 2015 lead blocker.
Dolphins released WR Greg Jennings.
It’s an expected move from the cap-strapped Dolphins. Jennings was a non-factor his only season in Miami, posting a 19/208/1 line. The Dolphins save $4 million from his release. Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills will return as Miami’s top three receivers.
Eagles waived WR Miles Austin.
31-year-old Austin was wholly ineffective as a rotational receiver in Philadelphia, managing 224 yards and one touchdown on 31 targets. Long out of gas, Austin may struggle to find another team willing to sign him.
Chargers waived WR Vincent Brown.
It’s an indication Stevie Johnson (groin) is ready to rock for Week 17. Brown was active in three weeks during his second go-round as a Bolt. One month shy of his 27th birthday, Brown is just about out of the league.
Free agent WR Josh Morgan was charged with reckless use of a firearm after accidentally shooting himself in Virginia on January 31.
That’s a misdemeanor offense. Morgan claims he was cleaning the gun when he shot himself. He was hospitalized but none of his injuries were life-threatening. Morgan will appear in court next month. He went to training camp with the Saints last summer but was among the team’s final cuts.
Titans released WR Jacoby Ford.
The 28-year-old return specialist is running out of NFL chances.
Browns released WR Dwayne Bowe.
Ex-GM Ray Farmer laughably gave Bowe $9 million guaranteed just last year, and all the Browns got from the washed-up veteran was five catches for 53 scoreless yards. He was paid over $169,000 per yard. The move clears $3.4 million off the cap for Cleveland (not that they need it). Bowe, entering his age-32 season, may be done in the NFL. He effectively stole the Browns’ money last season.
Free agent WR Preston Parker worked out for the Saints on Monday.
Parker was released by the Giants in September. His signing would quite possibly send Brandon Coleman packing.
Raiders released/waived WR Kris Durham, RB George Atkinson III, OG Mitch Bell, LB Spencer Hadley, DE Shelby Harris, OT Dan Kistler, DE Max Valles, DT Leon Orr, DE C.J. Wilson, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Ricky Lumpkin, CB Tevin McDonald, LB Josh Shirley, K Giorgio Tavecchio, DE Gary Wilkins, and WR Devon Wylie.
Durham was buried on Oakland’s depth chart behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Andre Holmes, and Brice Butler. He’s running out of NFL chances. A sixth-round pick, Valles is a practice squad candidate.
Saints re-signed WR T.J. Graham.
Graham has been yo-yoing on and off the roster in recent weeks. FB Austin Johnson was waived in a corresponding roster move.
Broncos claimed WR/KR Solomon Patton off waivers from the Bucs.
A 2014 undrafted free agent, Patton couldn’t lock down return duties in Tampa last season. He’s unlikely to crack the Broncos’ 53-man roster.
Rams signed WR Damian Williams, FB/TE Brad Smelley, and P Michael Palardy to reserve/future contracts.
Williams lasted about four weeks on the Rams’ 53-man roster earlier in the season but was cut when St. Louis needed to promote TE Justice Cunningham. He was a third-round pick by coach Jeff Fisher with the Titans in 2010.
Packers signed Texas A&M-Commerce WR Ricky Collins.
Collins (6’0/198) earned first-team D-2 All-American honors as a senior at TAMU-Commerce after catching 71 balls for 1,187 yards (16.7 YPR) and 14 touchdowns. He previously spent time at Midwestern State and Kilgore JUCO. Flying well under the radar, we could find no pre-draft measurables for Collins.
Dolphins waived WR Armon Binns.
Binns was beaten out by the likes of Rishard Matthews, Marcus Thigpen, and Damian Williams at the first round of cuts. He’s coming off a 2013 torn ACL.
Falcons signed WR Carlton Mitchell.
It’s been over two years since we’d last heard from Mitchell. He hasn’t appeared in a game since catching three balls for 31 yards across 11 games for the Browns back in 2011. Now 27, the former sixth-round pick has good size (6’3/215) and speed (4.41 forty) but faces an uphill battle to make it to final cuts.
Bengals signed WR Tevin Reese to the practice squad.
Reese was the 240th pick in May’s draft by the Chargers. He drew the nickname “Sweet Feet” in the spring thanks to his 4.46 wheels. Unfortunately, Street is extremely undersized at 5’10/163. He’d have to make an impact as a returner.
Chiefs waived WR L’Damian Washington.
A undrafted free agent in 2014, Washington spent his rookie year on various practice squads. He will likely have a similar sophomore campaign. Chiefs also waived/released LS Andrew East, TE Adam Schiltz, G Marcus Reed, OT Anthony Dima, CB Kenneth Penny, CB Aaron Hester, OL Charles Tuaau, DE Vaughn Martin, WR Kenny Cook and WR Jeret Smith.
Colts signed San Diego State WR Ezell Ruffin.
Ruffin (6’0/218) caught 111 career passes for 1,877 yards (16.9 YPR) and five TDs as an Aztec. A good college receiver who’s unlikely to translate to the pros, Ruffin has small hands (8 3/4″) and is painfully short on athleticism, running 4.68 at the Combine with a lineman-like 27 1/2-inch vertical. His upside is a low-end slot receiver.
Patriots waived WRs DaVaris Daniels and Zach D’Orazio, RB Tony Creecy, OG Ryan Groy, TE Jake Bequette, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OT Chris Martin, LB James Morris, and DLs Casey Walker and A.J. Pataiali’i.
Bequette was released with an injury settlement, making him a free agent. Daniels was recently claimed by the Patriots off waivers from the Vikings, but ostensibly only to serve as a short-term practice body at the end of camp.
Raiders signed Fresno State WR Josh Harper.
Harper (6’1/191) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor in Fresno State’s pro-ish-style offense, piling up 228 career catches for 2,938 yards (12.9 YPR) and 29 TDs. Showing concerning athleticism at the Combine, Harper managed a 4.64 forty, 32-inch vertical, and 9-foot broad jump. Harper did flash playmaking ability after the catch in college, and displays an impressive enough combination of foot quicks and body control that NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has suggested Harper boasts similarities to Steelers star Antonio Brown. That is an extremely aggressive assessment, but makes Harper someone to monitor.
Chiefs signed Harding WR Donatella Luckett.
Luckett (6’0/211) was a prolific wideout and return specialist in Division 2, scoring 22 all-purpose TDs in four years at Harding — 15 at receiver, 5 as a ball carrier, and 2 on kick returns. He was a first-team All-Great American Conference pick as both a junior and senior. Luckett was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, where he ran 4.65 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. He did clock 4.40 at the Harding Pro Day. Already 24 years old, Luckett faces an uphill climb as an overaged prospect with pedestrian physical attributes.
49ers signed WR Lance Lewis.
A 2012 UDFA out of East Carolina, Lewis spent time with the Redskins and Cowboys last season. He has zero catches in three career games. The 49ers waive/injured WR Chuck Jacobs to make room for Lewis. Jacobs tore his ACL in the 49ers’ preseason opener.
Oklahoma State junior WR Josh Stewart will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
A wiry 5-foot-10, 180(ish) pounds, Stewart led the Cowboys with 60 catches this season, but managed just 703 yards. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris likes Stewart’s ability to find creases in the defense, but believes he’s a day-three prospect. Stewart is an excellent punt returner, however, which should help his stock. Stewart could do himself a world of good with a strong Combine.
NFL suspended free agent WR Ace Sanders ten games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Small, slow, and suspended is no way to last in the NFL.
Free agent WR Denarius Moore worked out for the Packers on Tuesday.
Lesser-known free agent WRs Larry Pinkard and Ify Umodu also joined Moore. None of the three were immediately signed, but Moore would theoretically bring deep speed the Packers’ receiver group seems to be lacking, though Moore hasn’t been a productive player for a couple years and was cut by the Bills.
Bills signed KR Marcus Thigpen.
Thigpen will likely take over return duties after PR Leodis McKelvin fumbled a punt away to the Patriots on Monday night and muffed another. The Bills also signed OL Ryan Groy, releasing WR Denarius Moore and RB Dan Herron.
Free agent WR Austin Pettis will work out for the Chargers Tuesday.
As will Vincent Brown. With San Diego suffering another round of receiver injuries Sunday, they need the depth. Pettis spent part of last season and the offseason with the Chargers. Dontrelle Inman’s (neck) and Stevie Johnson’s (groin) availabilities for Week 14 are still up in the air.
Lions waived WR Ryan Broyles.
Broyles reportedly asked for his release after not getting many looks this preseason. A 2012 second-round pick out of Oklahoma, Broyles’ career has been derailed by two ACL surgeries and a torn Achilles’. Those injuries have taken their toll on Broyles, who reportedly lacked explosiveness this offseason. He may get a look from someone, but it appears his career is nearing the end.
Ravens signed WR Joe Morgan, formerly of the Saints.
Baltimore picked Morgan over washed-up Hakeem Nicks. Morgan had been doing the roster dance in New Orleans all season, getting signed and cut three times each. He gives the Ravens another deep threat behind Chris Givens.
Steelers released WR Jacoby Jones.
They replaced him with practice squad S Ross Ventrone. Jones flopped in the Steelers’ return specialist role just as he had with San Diego earlier in the season. At age 31, Jones may be on his last NFL legs.
Panthers signed WR Mike Brown to a futures contract.
Brown spent three years with the Jags from 2012-14, making 39 catches in 18 games and bouncing around the practice squad. At age 26 (in February) and a bit undersized with a limited skill set, he’s not an exciting prospect.
Jaguars placed WR Tandon Doss on injured reserve, ending his season.
Frequently injured, Doss was tentatively expected to open the year as the Jags’ punt returner. They’ll have to mix and match until Ace Sanders gets back.
Cowboys waived/released WR A.J. Jenkins, FB Ray Agnew, LB Donnie Baggs, DE Ben Gardner, WR Clyde Gates, OT Laurence Gibson, WR Nick Harwell, WR A.J. Jenkins, LB Dakorey Johnson, C Shane McDermott, DE Efe Obada, C Ronald Patrick, CB Joel Ross, S Tim Scott and OT John Wetzel.
Jenkins made a roster push late in training camp, but it is not a great sign he could crack the Cowboys’ shallow receiver corps. He may be out of chances. Dallas also waived/injured LB Ka’Lial Glaud and CB Rod Sweeting.
Coach Rex Ryan named Saalim Hakim the Jets’ kickoff primary returner.
Rookie Jalen Saunders will presumably return punts. A Tarleton State alum, Hakim clocked forty times in the 4.2s at his 2012 Pro Day. 24 years old, Saalim is the younger brother of former Rams star Az-Zahir Hakim.
Titans waived WR Rico Richardson.
With Kendall Wright (knee, probable) back, Richardson was no longer needed. He was not targeted in his roughly one-month stay on the active roster. Richardson will likely find himself back to the practice squad. LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
The Bengals have moved Onterio McCalebb from cornerback to wide receiver.
An all-purpose running back at Auburn, McCalebb has spent the last two seasons struggling on the Bengals’ practice squad as a corner. Now he’s shifting back to the offensive side in an effort to find a role. At 5’10/175, McCalebb’s ceiling is a seldom-used gadget guy and return man despite 4.34 speed.
The Patriots will not tender restricted free agent Brian Tyms.
Tyms never saw the field last year after suffering an Achilles’ injury at training camp. He’s only played 190 snaps in two NFL seasons.
Eagles waived WR Devante Davis.
Davis was a “name” undrafted free agent out of UNLV, but couldn’t make it one week in Chip Kelly’s camp. An imposing 6-foot-3, 220 pounds with 4.57 speed and mouthwatering athleticism, Davis should get a second chance, but his NFL career is not off to a good start.
Rams signed WR Devon Wylie, OT Steven Baker, WR Emory Blake, G/T Travis Bond, S Christian Bryant, LB Marshall McFadden and DT Doug Worthington to reserve/future contracts.
Wylie has made eight career appearances, six of which came with the Chiefs in 2012. All seven players will be long-shots to crack next season’s 53-man roster.
Dolphins waived WR Michael Preston.
The 26-year-old shined in early training camp practices, but didn’t carry over his momentum into preseason games. Preston stands 6-foot-5, 220.
Cowboys waived WR Phil Bates, CB Robert Steeples, DT Carlif Taylor, P Tom Hornsey and LS Casey Kreiter.
Bates made one appearance for the Seahawks last season. Going on 26, the former undrafted free agent is running out of NFL chances.
Jets waived/released WR Clyde Gates, OG William Campbell, LB Troy Davis, CB Brandon Dixon, LB A.J. Edds, DT Tevita Finau, DL Kerry Hyder, LB Garrett McIntyre, S Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale, OT Brent Qvale, CB Jeremy Reeves, OG Caleb Schlauderaff and DE Zach Thompson.
A former Dolphins fourth-rounder, Gates, 28, appeared in six games for the Jets last season, catching 12 passes. Gates annually shines in pad-less practices, but is just about out of regular-season chances.
The Giants will not retain exclusive rights free agent WR Marcus Harris.
Harris often drew raves from beat writers during his three offseasons with the G-Men, but he could never stay healthy. He had microfracture surgery on his right knee last July. Now going on age 27, Harris’ NFL prospects are bleak.
Vikings signed WR Ryan Whalen.
Whalen has ties to coach Mike Zimmer from their time with the Bengals. He’ll compete for a role on special teams. 26-year-old Whalen is a roster longshot.
Giants waived WR Juron Criner, OL Michael Bamiro, DB Justin Halley, OL Eric Herman, OL Derrick Johnson, P Robert Malone, DE Jordan Stanton, DT Jimmy Staten, TE Will Tye, OL Brandon Mosley and RB Akeem Hunt.
Mosley and Hunt were waived/injured. A 2012 fifth-rounder, Criner hasn’t caught a regular season pass since 2013.
Ravens released WR Tom Nelson and waived WR Daniel Brown, OT Blaine Clausell, CB Quinton Pointer, and ILB Andrew Bose.
Nelson was trying to make the switch to receiver from safety after being out of the league for four years. He caught five passes for 57 yards this preseason.
Raiders released/waived KR Trindon Holliday, CB Ras-I Dowling, CB James Dockery, OG Lamar Mady, P Steven Clark, WR Josh Harper, CB Rob Daniel, QB Cody Fajardo, WR Josh Jarper and S Jimmy Hall.
Hall was waived/injured. Holliday is one of the better return men in the NFL, but undersized and mistake prone. Now 29, he’s running out of chances to stick in the league.
Bears released TE Dante Rosario.
The nine-year veteran spent the past two years in the Windy City, catching 16 passes last season. He’ll get calls whenever someone needs a blocker.
Bills waived TE Matthew Mulligan.
TE Nick O’Leary has been promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. Mulligan’s release caught the Bills’ press corps off guard. He’s been active for all 12 games, and started five as a blocker. The Bills were reportedly afraid of losing O’Leary, a sixth-round rookie, to another team.
Falcons released TE Mickey Shuler.
With Jacob Tamme (concussion) sidelined, Shuler saw 21 snaps against the Texans in Week 4. Tony Moeaki will take Shuler’s spot on the active roster.
Chargers waived TE Kyle Miller.
The Chargers signed Miller last week as insurance for Ladarius Green, who was dealing with concussion symptoms at the time. Antonio Gates is slated to return from his PED suspension in Week 5 and the Chargers don’t have the roster space to keep five tight ends. Miller played just three snaps last week.
The Bills won’t tender restricted free agent TE MarQueis Gray an offer, making him a free agent.
Gray always shines in shorts and t-shirts, but has only 12 catches over 29 NFL games. He missed 12 contests with a broken arm last season. An H-back type, Gray is headed into his age-27 campaign.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports the Broncos are a potential landing spot for free agent TE Garrett Graham.
It’s just dot-connecting, as Graham had his best years under Gary Kubiak. Graham wasn’t a fit in Bill O’Brien’s scheme, but should resurface as a No. 2 tight end.
Saints released TE Orson Charles.
The move leaves the Saints with just two active tight ends. Suspended for Week 1, Charles will struggle to find free-agent interest.
The Dolphins will not tender restricted free agent TE Brandon Williams.
The Dolphins will instead keep Jake Stoneburner as the third-string tight end. Williams appeared in just four games last year before a broken foot sent him to injured reserve.
Jets signed TE Steve Maneri.
Maneri (6-foot-7, 280) is purely a blocker. He played 22 snaps for the Patriots last season and takes the roster spot of Zach Sudfeld, who tore his ACL last week.
Chargers waived TE David Paulson, QB Chase Rettig, LB Brock Hekking, TE Logan Stokes, OT Forrestal Hickman, CB Manny Asprilla, DL Cam Botticelli, WR Titus Davis, RB Jahwan Edwards, LB Curtis Grant, and DL Luther Robinson.
This is the Chargers’ first round of cuts.
Redskins signed TE D.J. Williams, formerly of the Buccaneers.
Williams was billed as an athletic, catch-first tight end coming out of Arkansas in 2011, but he isn’t particularly athletic and really struggles to block. In Washington, Williams will have a realistic chance at making the 53-man roster after Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were placed on I.R. The Redskins should be continuing to look at tight ends at final NFL cuts.
Seventh-round TE Rob Blanchflower suffered a high ankle sprain at Steelers camp.
The UMass alum will miss “at least a week,” according to coach Mike Tomlin, but could be sidelined even further than that. Blanchflower was slated to compete for a roster spot behind starter Heath Miller and blocker Matt Spaeth.
Chiefs signed TE Ryan Taylor to a one-year contract.
A special teams standout, Taylor will compete for a roster spot behind Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and fifth-rounder James O’Shaughnessy.
Titans waived/injured TE Brett Brackett.
Buried on the depth chart in Tennessee, Brackett apparently isn’t fully recovered from a knee ailment that sent him to injured reserve last December.
Saints signed TE Michael Egnew, LB Justin Anderson, LB Chris Young, and DT Austin Brown.
All four will be camp bodies for the Saints over the next couple weeks.
Cowboys waived TE Brandon Barden, WR David Porter, WR Antwan Goodley, LB Jonathan Brown, DE Kenneth Boatright, OT R.J Dill and RB Michael Hill.
Boatright, Dill and Hill were waived/injured, and will revert to injured reserve once they clear waivers. Barden’s lone three regular season appearances came in 2012.
Browns signed TE Gerell Robinson.
Robinson was plucked off the Broncos’ practice squad. His addition is a sign the Browns are worried about Jordan Cameron’s (shoulder) Week 2 status. A third-year undrafted free agent, Robinson has never appeared in a regular-season game.
Dolphins waived RT Jason Fox.
Pressed into duty after Ja’Wuan James injured his toe, Fox was extraordinarily bad on Ryan Tannehill’s right side. It’s unusual for a team to release an 11-game starter at this stage of the (off)season, but Fox wasn’t in the Dolphins’ 2016 plans. His release creates $1.4 million in cap space. Fox turns 28 in May. He’ll search for swing work on the open market.
Eagles re-signed G/C Julian Vandervelde.
G/T Wade Smith was released in a corresponding roster move. Vandervelde was among the Eagles’ final cuts, but it was partly because he was dealing with a back injury. Vandervelde appeared in 14 games last season, and will provide some much needed depth along the Eagles’ battered interior line.
Bears placed OL Brian De La Puente (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.
De La Puente was Chicago’s starting left guard the last two weeks, and made five appearances at center earlier in the season. Michael Ola is expected to move back inside, with Jordan Mills (ribs) returning at right tackle. The Bears promoted DT Brandon Dunn from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Colts waived OG Todd Herremans.
The Colts have also waived LB Amarlo Herrera. An 11th-year pro, Herremans was signed to start, but benched after only two games. He’s played zero snaps since. Herremans’ veteran status could earn him another look elsewhere, but he should clear waivers.
Bears claimed G Patrick Omameh off waivers from the Bucs.
Omameh struggled as a 16-game starter for Tampa Bay last season, but he could be an eventual option at right guard if the Bears decide to kick Kyle Long outside.
Rams signed No. 226 overall pick OT Mitchell Van Dyk to a four-year contract.
Van Dyk was a three-year starter at Portland State, earning All-Big Sky honors his senior year. He is a plus athlete for his 6-foot-7, 313-pound frame, but will need to build his functional strength before he can make an impact in the league. Van Dyk will likely land on the Rams’ practice squad this season.
Bills released K Billy Cundiff.
They needed to make room on the roster for backup quarterback Josh Johnson. The Bills used Cundiff on kickoffs in Sunday’s win against Tennessee. Now that role will be absorbed by placekicker Dan Carpenter.
Ravens signed Louisiana-Monroe K Justin Manton.
Manton served as ULM’s punter, kickoff specialist, and placekicker during his four-year career. He connected on 20-of-24 field goals (83.3 percent) as a senior. Manton earned first-team All-Sun Belt as a junior punter and second-team honors as a kicker in 2014. Manton’s ability to perform a variety of tasks gives him an outside chance at an NFL career. Unfortunately, that won’t happen in Baltimore behind stud PK Justin Tucker.
Bucs signed K Brandon Bogotay and waived C Ben Gottschalk.
Bogotay, who played behind Blair Walsh at Georgia, will try to push incumbent Patrick Murray.
Jets waived K Kyle Brindza.
Brindza made it 13 days with the Jets after signing a reserve/future contract. His undoing was a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during a workout last week. It’s been a cruel NFL career thus far for Brindza, who was waived by the Bucs in early October after proving addicted to missed extra points. Brindza is a 2015 UDFA out of Notre Dame.