Notable roster moves as deadline nears – NFL.com


It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year: cutdown day. Teams have until 4 p.m./ET to trim their rosters down to 53 so expect the news to roll in all day.

Roster cuts we are tracking Saturday:

1. The Philadelphia Eagles have waived running back Josh Adams, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Adams rushed for 511 yards and three touchdowns in 2018. Garafolo expects Adams to garner interest on the waiver wire.

2. The Carolina Panthers announced their final wave of cuts ahead of the deadline, among them are defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. and linebacker Jared Norris. Cox appeared in 11 games last season — 18 combined during his two-year stint — and Norris was a member since 2016 and played in 28 combined games (three in 2018).

3.The New England Patriots are waiving slot receiver Braxton Berrios, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. A 2018 6th-round pick, Berrios missed his entire rookie season on injured reserve. With the Pats receiver corps looking deeper with the return of Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas, Berrios was one of the odd men out.

4. The Green Bay Packers plan to cut kicker Sam Ficken, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The move has positioned 13-year vet Mason Crosby to be the Week 1 starter.


5. The Buffalo Bills are waiving rookie quarterback Tyree Jackson, Pelissero reported. The undrafted free agent out of Buffalo played in all four preseason tilts, completing 52.6 percent of his 57 pass attempts with one passing TD, one INT, and added 110 rushing yards on 25 attempts with a rushing score. Jackson could be a practice squad candidate.

The Bills are also waiving receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, per Pelissero. McCloud played in 10 games last season, but the offseason upgrades at the position pushed him off the roster in 2019.

In addition, the Bills released corner Captain Munnerlyn, per Rapoport. The 31-year-old defensive back was brought in as a veteran with experience in Sean McDermott’s defense. Munnerlyn’s stay on the roster didn’t last the month, however. Joining Munnerlyn on the list of secondary cuts (for now) is safety Kurt Coleman, according to Rapoport. There’s belief that Coleman could re-join the team very soon after further roster moves.

6. The San Francisco 49ers are planning to release wide receiver Jordan Matthews, per Garafolo. Matthews, 27, never appeared in a game for the Niners (he was signed in March) and will continue to rehab his career just three seasons removed from his standout first stint with the Eagles.

7. The Chicago Bears are releasing defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, per Rapoport. The 2016 third-round pick has compiled 62 tackles and 2 sacks in three seasons in the Windy City, including five starts. The Bears also cut 6-foot-7 undrafted free agent tight end Ian Bunting, per Rapoport.


The team is also waiving wide recevier Thomas Ives, according to his agency.

8. Washington Redskins running back Samaje Perine has been waived, Garafolo confirmed. Perine, 23, had eight carries for 32 yards in five appearances last season. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2017.

9. According to Pelissero, the Kansas City Chiefs are sending cornerback Mark Fields to the Minnesota Vikings.

10.The Cincinnati Bengals have cut offensive lineman John Jerry, Rapoport confirmed via a source familiar with the situation.

Rapoport also added that quarterback Jeff Driskel (hamstring) is being placed on injured reserve and could eventually work out an injury settlement with the team. The move indicates that rookie Ryan Finley will backup Andy Dalton to begin the regular season.

11. The Indianapolis Colts have released linebacker Carroll Phillips, per Rapoport. Pelissero reports the Colts are releasing quarterback Phillip Walker. As Pelissero notes, Jacoby Brissett is the only active QB on the roster Week 1 with Chad Kelly suspended.

12. The Cleveland Browns are releasing safety J.T. Hassell, Rapoport confirmed.

13. The Miami Dolphins have waived quarterback Jake Rudock. The 26-year-old played in three preseason games (one start) for the Dolphins and totaled 366 passing yards, three TDs and one interception.

The Dolphins are also cutting defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, per Pelissero. Carradine, 29, spent all of OTAs and training camp in Miami; in 2018, he appeared in one game for the Raiders.

14. The Seattle Seahawks are releasing defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, Garafolo reports. Mitchell could return to Seattle later this season, per Garafolo.

15. The Denver Broncos are parting ways with backup quarterback Kevin Hogan, Rapoport reports.

16. The New England Patriots are releasing Tom Brady‘s backup Brian Hoyer, per Rapoport.

17. The New Orleans Saints are releasing safety Chris Banjo, according to Rapoport. Banjo, 29, had been with the Saints since 2016 and was an integral part of their special teams unit.

18. The New York Giants have cut backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta, per Pelissero and Rapoport.

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