Monday, September 05, 2016

2016 NFL Season: AFC Cuts


The Bills announced their moves Friday, topped by cutting veteran linebacker Manny Lawson. They also released: Tight end Blake Annen, linebacker Kroy Biermann, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, cornerback Mario Butler, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, defensive end LaVar Edwards, fullback Jerome Felton, running back Boom Herron, linebacker Randell Johnson, Lawson, wide receiver Dez Lewis, tackle Marquis Lucas, tackle Chris Martin, cornerback Sterling Moore, guard Cyril Richardson, cornerback Sammy Seamster, defensive end Max Valles, center Fernando Velasco, defensive tackle Casey Walker and running back James Wilder Jr.


Cornerback Chris Culliver will remain on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from a knee injury. He can be activated after six weeks of the regular season.

Offensive linemen Jamil Douglas; 2016 seventh-round tight end Thomas Duarte; linebackers James Burgess and Tyler Gray; defensive linemen Deandre Coleman, Chris Jones, Cleyon Laing, Cedric Reed and Jordan Williams; quarterback Zac Dysert; defensive backs Shamiel Gary, A.J. Hendy, Rashaan Melvin and Lafayette Pitts; tackle Ulrick John; and wide receiver Rashawn Scott were all waived

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, linebacker James-Michael Johnson, tight end Dominique Jones, running back Daniel Thomas and tackle Sam Young were released.

New England

The Patriots dropped a bunch of wide receivers: Aaron Dobson, DeAndre Carter, Keshawn Martin, Chris Harper and 2016 seventh-round pick Devin Lucien. Also cut were 2016 sixth-round linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, 2015 third-round defensive lineman Geneo Grissom and 2015 seventh-round defensive back Darryl Roberts.

The Patriots also parted ways with running back Tyler Gaffney, defensive lineman Markus Kuhn, offensive lineman Chris Barker, linebacker Rufus Johnson, defensive back Vinnie Sunseri, defensive lineman Joe Vellano, offensive lineman Jon Halapio, running back Joey Iosefa, linebacker Kevin Snyder, defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc and tight end Bryce Williams.

New York Jets

Cornerback Dee Milliner, a former first-round pick, was released. So was former second-round pick Jace Amaro.

The Jets also released tight ends Zach Sudfeld and Wes Saxton, wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Ross and running back Antone Smith and waived/injured linebacker Trevor Reilly, a 2014 seventh-round pick. They waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, 2013 seventh-round fullback Tommy Bohanon, defensive lineman Tarow Barney, linebacker Freddie Bishop, linebacker Taiwan Jones, cornerback Bryson Keeton, guard Mike Liedtke, safety Doug Middleton, cornerback Darryl Morris, defensive lineman Claude Pelon, cornerback Kevin Short, guard Craig Watts and wide receiver Chandler Worthy.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was placed on the reserved/suspended list. He’ll be activated following the team’s season opener. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.


In one of the most surprising moves of the day, the Ravens released running back Justin Forsett.

The Ravens placed wideouts Michael Campanaro and Chris Matthews on injured reserve. Tackle De’Ondre Wesley was also placed on injured reserve while cornerback Carrington Byndom was waived/injured.

Guard Vladimir Ducasse and quarterback Josh Johnson were released. Linebacker Arthur Brown, a 2013 second-round pick, and safety Terrence Brooks, a 2014 third-round pick, were waived along with wide receivers Jeremy Butler and Keenan Reynolds, linebacker Brennen Beyer, tight end Daniel Brown, tackle Blaine Clausell, defensive tackle Kapron Lewis-Moore, running back Stephen Houston, linebacker Victor Ochi, linebacker Patrick Onwausor, center Matt Skura and defensive back Julian Wilson.


The Bengals got to 53 Saturday by waiving fullback Andrew Bonnet, defensive end Ryan Brown; quarterback Keith Wenning; running backs Bronson Hill and Tra Carson; wide receivers Jake Kumerow, Rashon Simonise and Alonzo Russell; center Alex Cooper; defensive tackle David Dean; guards Trey Hopkins, Alex Redmond and Trip Thurman; tackles John Weidenaar and Aaron Epps, tight end Matt Lengel and cornerbacks Darius Hillary and Tony McRae.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was placed on the reserve-suspended list. He’s suspended the first three games for repeated violations of on-field rules. The Bengals also waived wide receiver Mario Alford from injured reserve with an injury settlement, cut cornerback Chykie Brown and placed defensive end Marcus Hardison on inured reserve.

The Bengals released safety Jimmy Wilson Friday.


The Browns agreed to a one-year deal with punter Britton Colquitt, a move that foreshadowed the release of punters Kasey Redfern and Michael Palady later in the day.

Waived were defensive linemen Kenton Adeyemi and Chigbo Anunoby; defensive backs Pierre Desir, Mikell Everette, Charles Gaines and Eric Patterson; running back Jahwan Edwards; offensive linemen Dan France, Garth Gerhart, Kaleb Johnson and Mike Matthews; tight ends Connor Hamlett and J.P. Holtz; wide receiver Darius Jennings; linebackers Jason Neill and Justin Tuggle; and punter Kasey Redfern.

Wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Marlon Moore were also cut. Wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant were placed on the reserve/suspended list. Both are suspended for the first four games of the season. Cornerback Justin Gilbert was traded to the Steelers.

The Browns began Friday by cutting defensive backs Pierre Desir and Charles Gaines.


The Steelers acquired former first-round cornerback in a trade with the Browns. That led to the release of cornerback Doran Grant, a fourth-round pick in 2015.

The Steelers also waived a member of this year’s draft class, seventh-round wide receiver DeMarcus Ayers. Their other cuts were linebackers Travis Feeney, Steven Johnson and Jermauria Rasco; quarterback Bryn Renner; safety Ray Vinopal; cornerbacks Montell Garner, Al-Hajj Shabazz and Donald Washington; offensive linemen Shahbaz Ahmed, Antoine Everett, Matt Feiler and Wade Hansen; defensive linemen Lavon Hooks, Caushaud Lyons and Johnny Maxey; wide receivers Cobi Hamilton and Marcus Tucker and running backs Brandon Brown-Dukes and Cameron Stingily.

Running back Le’Veon Bell is headed to the reserve/suspended list and tight end Paul Lang was waived/injured.


Offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive lineman J.J. Watt were activated from PUP.

Most notably, the Texans released veteran wide receiver Cecil Shorts, safety Antonio Allen and running back Akeem Hunt.
They also waived tackle Jeff Adams, guard Karim Barton, wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, inside linebacker Reshard Cliett, tight end Anthony Denham, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, running back Kenny Hilliard, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu, outside linebacker Eric Lee, tackle Andrew McDonald, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, cornerback Robert Nelson, defensive end Dan Pettinato, inside linebacker Shakeel Rashad, guard Chad Slade, tight end Eric Tomlinson and wide receiver Wendall Williams.

They also waived-injured center Dalton Freeman and outside linebacker Tony Washington Jr.


The Colts will release veteran running back Stevan Ridley, NFL Network reported.

Waived were defensive end Sterling Bailey, inside linebacker Trevor Bates, safety Alden Darby, cornerback Tay Glover-Wright, safety Lee Hightower, safety Stefan McClure, wide receiver MeKale McKay, cornerback Christopher Milton, guard Kitt O’Brien, outside linebacker Earl Okine, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, guard Adam Redmond, wide receiver Tevaun Smith, tackle Mitchell Van Dyk and tackle Jeremy Vujnovich.

Three players were placed on injured reserve: Cornerback Tevin Mitchel, outside linebacker Ron Thompson and guard Hugh Thornton, who might have been a starter if he’d been healthy. Linebacker Nate Irving was released.

On Friday, the Colts waived-injured 2015 third-rounder D’Joun Smith.


Among the Jaguars cuts were linebacker Ryan Davis, offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau, wide receiver Arrelious Benn and offensive lineman Jacques McClendon. The team also waived safety Josh Evans, defensive end Tyrone Holmes, linebacker Thurston Armbrister, defensive lineman Richard Ash, defensive lineman T.J. Barnes, cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, tight end Braedon Bowman, offensive lineman Kadeem Edwards, wide receiver Shaq Evans, offensive lineman Rashod Hill, wide receiver Rashad Lawrence, cornerback Nick Marshall, linebacker Sean Porter, offensive lineman Pearce Slater, linebacker Jordan Tripp and wide receiver Shane Wynn.

Defensive tackle Michael Bennett was placed on injured reserve. Cornerback Aaron Colvin was placed on reserve/suspended.

Pass-rusher Ryan Davis was among the Jaguars’ first wave of cuts Friday, along with defensive end Tyrone Holmes and tackle Rashod Hill.


The Titans finished their cuts Friday, releasing: Running back Bishop Sankey, wide receiver Justin Hunter, running back Dexter McCluster, fullback Sam Bergen, offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi, offensive lineman Will Poehls, wide receiver Andrew Turzilli, linebacker J.R. Tavai, linebacker Curtis Grant, cornerback B.W. Webb, defensive back Marqueston Huff, kicker Aldrick Rosas, running back David Fluellen, offensive lineman Tyler Marz, offensive lineman Ronald Patrick, wide receiver Ben Roberts, tight end Jerome Cunningham, tight end Alex Ellis, linebacker Justin Staples, nose tackle Antwaun Woods, cornerback Kalan Reed and defensive back Curtis Riley.


Quarterback Mark Sanchez was released. Later in the day, journeyman quarterback Austin Davis was signed.

In getting to 53 the Broncos cut running back Ronnie Hillman, center Dillon Day, outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora, wide receiver Mose Frazier, tackle Lars Hanson, defensive end Lars Koht, inside linebacker Kyle Kragen, tight end Henry Krieger-Coble, defensive back B.J. Lowery, safety Ryan Murphy, tackle Justin Murray, guard Robert Myers Jr., offensive lineman Aaron Neary, cornerback Taurean Nixon, inside linebacker Dwayne Norman, wide receiver Kalif Raymond, outside linebacker Sadat Sulleyman, cornerback John Tidwell and outside linebacker Eddie Yarbrough.

Safety Shiloh Keo was placed on the reserve/suspended list for the next two weeks.

The Broncos cut veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton Friday, along with running back Juwan Thompson.

Kansas City

The Chiefs released rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan Saturday and traded wide receiver Rod Streater to the 49ers for an undisclosed pick.

Also cut Saturday were linebacker Tyrell Adams, wide receiver Da’Ron Brown, cornerback Deveron Carr, defensive back Jamell Fleming, offensive lineman Reid Fragel, wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., defensive lineman David King, linebacker Andy Mulumba, center Daniel Munyer, tight end Brian Parker, offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley, safety Shak Randolph, running back Darrin Reaves, linebacker Terrance Smith, defensive lineman Jimmy Staten, tackle Zach Sterup and defensive back Brock Vereen.

The Chiefs parted ways with quarterback Aaron Murray and cut veteran safety Jeron Johnson Friday, and traded cornerback Marcus Cooper to the Cardinals.


The Raiders waived running back George Atkinson, lineacker Neiron Ball, guard Mitchell Bell, wide recevier K.J. Brent, defensive end James Cowser, defensive back Kenneth Durden, wide receiver Marvin Hall, defensive end Drew Iddings, defensive end Branden Jackson, guard Denver Kirkland, nose tackle Derrick Lott, linebacker John Lotulelei, tight end Jake McGee, wide receiver Jayden Mickens, tight end Ryan O’Malley, guard Oni Omoile, defensive back Neiko Thorpe, linebacker Korey Toomer, defensive Greg Townsend Jr. and linebacker Kyrie Wilson.

The Raiders also traded defensive back Dewey McDonald to Seattle for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick. Running back Marcel Reece was moved to the reserve/suspended list, where he will remain for the first three games of the season.

San Diego

The Chargers got a roster exemption for recently signed rookie defensive tackle Joey Bosa and placed defensive tackle Damion Square on the reserve-suspended list.

The players released by the Chargers included wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (injured), quarterback Mike Bercovici, tackle Brett Boyko, cornerback Richard Crawford, outside linebacker Ben Gardner, running back Gus Johnson, defensive tackle Kamal Johnson, guard Marcel Jones, safety Adrian McDonald, defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue, inside linebacker Shaq Petteway (injured), wide receiver DeAndre Reaves, inside linebacker James Ross, cornerback Larry Scott, tight end Tim Semisch, fullback Chris Swain, guard Vi Teofilo, outside linebacker James Vaughters, tight end Matt Weiser, wide reciever Dom Williams and cornerback Trevor Williams.

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