Kellen Winslow - TE - Seahawks
Seahawks released TE Kellen Winslow.
Kellen Winslow - TE - Seahawks
Seahawks released TE Kellen Winslow.
Well... did not think Jerome Murphy was on the bubble of getting cut. Guess that make the Fletcher trade really unlikely.
Glad Chase made it on to the practice squad. I like that kid.
Josh Kaddu - LB - Dolphins
Dolphins waived LB Josh Kaddu.
A fifth-round pick, Kaddu looks the part at 6-foot-3, 239 pounds, but was extremely raw coming out of Oregon. The Dolphins will likely look to stash him on the practice squad.
Bears waived DT Brian Price.
Per FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, Price's release is due in part to his struggle to "get past the recent passing of his sister." Price's sister was killed in a May automobile accident. Acquired from the Bucs in July, Price is just two years removed from being a second-round pick. He drew the ire of former coach Raheem Morris during the Bucs' embarrassing 2011 collapse, however, and wasn't a fit for hard-nosed rookie coach Greg Schiano. It's an ominous sign that Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli couldn't turn Price around, either. He'll surely resurface, but time away from the game might do Price well.
Roster update -- from the Rams Official Website. I hope it's okay to place here since I thought it to be closely related...
Rams Make More Roster Moves
Monday Sept. 03, 2012. 3 p.m. ET
By Nick Wagoner
On the heels of a busy weekend in which the Rams made a flurry of roster moves, a few things about the Jeff Fisher era as head coach became abundantly clear. First and foremost, he’s a man of his word.
At his day after game news conference on Friday, Fisher plainly stated that the 53 players on the roster after the team made its round of cuts would be the remaining 53 players but by no means the final 53.
“We’re going to continue to upgrade this roster if we see fit and if we should see an opportunity that presents itself,” Fisher said. “(If) a player comes up that’s available or a team’s interested in making a trade and we feel like it makes us better then we’re going to go ahead and do so. You like to stand up and say, ‘Hey, this is the group we’re going with,’ but that’s not the case and it’s not a threatening issue or anything else. It’s just our jobs to get better. The players’ job is to improve. It’s our jobs to improve this organization.”
Fisher, general manager Les Snead and their respective staffs followed through over the weekend in churning four spots on the roster via trades and working the waiver wire for additions.
Regardless of position, the Rams made adjustments to add depth at positions of key need as well as a talented player they had eyed in this year’s draft at a position that seemingly had already found its depth.
When all was said and done, the Rams subtracted cornerback Jerome Murphy, receiver Greg Salas, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka. All except for Ojinnaka were drafted by the previous regime and had spent no more than two seasons in St. Louis.
As for the reinforcements, the Rams took full advantage of their No. 2 spot on the waiver claim priority list. On the way in are some young, talented players who the Rams believe have upside to be solid NFL contributors. The new additions, all claimed on the waiver wire, are defensive tackle Kellen Heard (Buffalo), guard Shelley Smith (Houston), tackle Ty Nsekhe (Indianapolis) and running back Terrance Ganaway (Jets).
Salas, who was a fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, had showed potential as a rookie before a season ending leg injury struck late in the season. He appeared to be back in the mix this season but had gradually fallen down the depth chart after a strong start to camp.
The Rams sent Salas to New England in exchange for an undisclosed future draft pick. The subtraction of Salas leaves the Rams with Danny Amendola, Steve Smith, Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick and Chris Givens on the active roster. But they can simply add Austin Pettis from the reserve/suspended list after two weeks to get to the standard six wideouts most teams carry.
Murphy was a third-round choice in 2010 but like Salas had struggled with injuries in his first two seasons. He found himself in a battle for roster spots during the preseason but ultimately lost out to undrafted rookie Quinton Pointer, whom the Rams believe has a bright future.
New Orleans claimed Murphy on Sunday. He’ll be reunited with Steve Spagnuolo, the defensive coordinator of the Saints, there. The Rams now have five corners: Pointer, Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson and Bradley Fletcher.
Hoomanawanui was a fifth-round draft choice in the 2010 NFL Draft and quickly developed a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford. But he wasn’t able to make it through either of his first two years without a season-ending injury.
Upon his return, Hoomanawanui had come back in good shape but was unable to provide the consistency the Rams wanted at a crowded tight end competition. The Rams now have three tight ends on the roster in Lance Kendricks, Matthew Mulligan and Mike McNeill. Rookie Cory Harkey is still around as well, signing on to the practice squad.
Ojinnaka might have been the biggest surprise as he didn’t appear to be on the bubble during camp. He started all four preseason games at left guard and provided some protection as a swing tackle.
But the Rams brought rookie Rokevious Watkins along quickly and he figures to ultimately take over the starting job. Even if Watkins doesn’t step into that role right away, the Rams also have Robert Turner available. He was solid starting for Scott Wells at center in the first two preseason games and again at right guard for Harvey Dahl in the preseason finale.
Oddly enough, this is the second consecutive year Ojinnaka has been released by the Rams prior to the start of the season. The addition of Wayne Hunter and Nsekhe gives the Rams backups for the tackle spots.
Of the new additions, Heard seems the most likely to contribute right away. At a shade under 340 pounds, Heard had been a part of the Bills’ defensive line rotation in 2011, playing in 15 games with two starts.
With injuries mounting at defensive tackle, including Michael Brockers’ ankle ailment, an undisclosed injury for rookie Matt Conrath, a knee scope for Darell Scott and the injured reserve designation for Trevor Laws, it’s entirely possible Heard could play extended minutes in the opener against Detroit.
Ganaway was a sixth-round pick of the Jets in April and a player the Rams had eyed at the time before he was taken by New York. With fellow rookies Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson providing plenty of speed to backup Steven Jackson, Ganaway represents more of a power option at 239 pounds. He could even potentially work as a fullback in some short yardage packages.
Houston selected Smith with a sixth-round choice in the 2010 NFL Draft. After a year on the practice squad, he missed all of last season on injured reserve because of a preseason injury to his right knee.
Smith had returned this preseason, even starting the preseason finale for the Texans. He was released after tackle Rashad Butler suffered a serious arm injury and Ryan Harris signed to replace him.
It’s unlikely Smith would step in and compete for the starting left guard job with Watkins and Turner but he could be a long term factor should he reach his potential. Three other teams – Seattle, Tennessee and Washington – thought enough of Smith to put in a claim but only Indianapolis has priority over the Rams.
Perhaps none of the quartet of Rams’ additions comes with more intrigue than Nsekhe. At 6’8, 325 pounds, Nsekhe cuts an imposing figure but comes with a little known background that would obscure his size.
Nsekhe played at tiny Texas State and had spent the past three years working his way up the ranks of the Arena Football League. He signed with the Colts on Aug. 1 and played in all of their preseason games. He seemed to land a roster spot but was released as Indianapolis made waiver claims as well.
Minnesota also put in a claim on Nsekhe, who isn’t likely to contribute right away but could be an intriguing long term prospect for the Rams.
Although Fisher has said repeatedly that he’s not afraid to let his young players play, it should be abundantly clear now that the youth movement is under way. Likewise, they’ll continue to churn the roster using any avenue possible.
Whether or not the Rams make any more moves before Sunday’s opener at Detroit remains to be seen but if nothing else, anything that happens henceforth should no longer be classified as a surprise.
So stoked Pointer made the team.
Bryant McKinney has apparently been waived by the Ravens.
He's got some baggage, but he still might be a good option for the Rams to consider.
I'm going to rate this one a hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........
By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun
3:34 p.m. EDT, September 4, 2012
The Ravens have resolved their contract dispute with offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. The restructured deal will run through this season.
"Yes I'm signing now," McKinnie confirmed in a text to The Sun. Asked if he could still make $3.2 million-plus with incentives, McKinnie texted, "Yes I can still make it with incentives."
The Ravens had been in negotiations with the McKinnie camp throughout the day as his roster status was up in the air. McKinnie, in a text message to The Baltimore Sun earlier today when asked whether he was off the team, said, "Yes." McKinnie tweeted earlier: "Decision is made! I'm gone!"
Per a source, McKinnie was contacted directly about coach John Harbaugh prior to the financial disagreement unfolding.
The Ravens had wanted to reduce McKinnie's $3.2 million base salary after already paying him a $500,000 roster bonus in March. The Ravens have made no comment on McKinnie's status.
The Ravens had requested that McKinnie take a 50-percent paycut down to roughly $1.6 million.
From a legal perspective, McKinnie’s wages are being garnished this year, in accordance with a deal he reached to repay Pro Player Funding for a loan he took out during last year’s lockout. He owes more than $4.5 million, and would violate the court agreement with Pro Player Funding if the Ravens discontinued making payments.
If the Ravens had cut McKinnie, they would gain $2.2 million against this year's salary cap by subtracting his $3.2 million base salary and accounting for $500,000 in proration from his $1 million signing bonus paid to him last year and the $500,000 roster bonus already paid to him in March.
McKinnie was signed to a two-year deal worth $7 million last August.
Although McKinnie had gotten into better shape after reporting to camp overweight five days late and then eventually passing the conditioning test, he was held out of a mandatory minicamp in June due to conditioning issues.
He started the Ravens' third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and seemed to hold up fine.
However, the Ravens obviously had an issue with his salary.