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September 7 News and Notes

Seahawks bring back Babineaux — 8:53 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed veteran S Jordan Babineaux, who was released on Monday. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks released veteran DT Craig Terrill.

Babineaux, 28, who is capable of playing safety or cornerback, has started 29 games in his six seasons with the Seattle.

Babineaux was listed with a base salary of $2.45 million for 2010 on his previous contract, so it’s possible the team wanted to reduce his salary.

— Adam Caplan

Ravens taking a look at cornerback — 8:41 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens worked out free agent CB Chevis Jackson, a source said.

Jackson, who was selected in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, was waived by Atlanta last weekend.

The defensive back (5-11, 193) is known in scouting circles for his physical play.

Jackson appeared in 31 games over two years with the Falcons.

— Adam Caplan

Jags lock up starting offensive lineman — 7:08 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and starting OL Uche Nwaneri have agreed on a new deal worth roughly $24 million over five years. The deal includes anywhere from $8-$9 million guaranteed, according to an NFL source. Nwaneri was on the final year of his rookie deal with a base salary of $1.101 million.

Both sides have been exchanging proposals for several weeks, but were able to get a deal done in time for the start of the regular season.

Nwaneri, 26, has started 29 of the 41 games he’s appeared in and has started 28 over the past two seasons. The former Purdue University lineman has started 16 games at left guard and 13 games at right guard.

The versatile interior offensive lineman, who is slated to start at right guard this season, was selected in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Jacksonville.

— Adam Caplan

Houshmandzadeh: Trade to Ravens 'refreshing' — 6:29 p.m.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is embracing his change of scenery with the Baltimore Ravens after officially signing his one-year, $855,000 contract Tuesday.

Cut by the Seattle Seahawks' new regime led by Pete Carroll one year after signing a five-year, $40 million contract, Houshmandzadeh has gone from a rebuilding franchise to a Super Bowl contender.

''It's refreshing, man, to go from the situation I was in and come here,'' Houshmandzadeh said. ''It's hard to explain because you always want to be optimistic and I'm an optimistic person at times, but it's hard to be optimistic when you know what you're going against. I'm coming to play with guys that are similar to me emotionally, the way they play the game and how they love the game. That's where I need to be.''

The Ravens signed the 2007 Pro Bowl selection after trading wide receiver Mark Clayton to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Houshmandzadeh, 32, is intent on proving that he has a lot more football left in him after catching 79 passes last season for 911 yards and three touchdowns.

And he wants to prove the Seahawks made a mistake by releasing him last weekend. Seattle still owes him $7 million in guaranteed money for this year.

''Me not being there, I can promise you had nothing to do with football,'' Houshmandzadeh said. ''Nobody on that team beat me out. If they're honest with themselves, they know that. If you watch practice, it's obvious. For whatever reason, they did what they did. I'm not going to get to throwing rocks because I just don't want to.''

Houshmandzadeh has caught 586 career passes for 6,693 yards and 40 touchdowns. He ranks third in the NFL in receptions (451), first downs (283) and is tied for ninth in touchdowns (35) and 12th in yards (4,995) since 2005.

''You guys will see what I can do,'' Houshmandzadeh said. ''I kind of got disappointed with what happened in Seattle for real. I know I can play. I know I can get it done. They know I can get it done. I don't really want to comment on it because it makes me really upset, but it happened.''

Houshmandzadeh expressed confidence that everyone will remain happy as far as how the workload is distributed between himself and fellow receivers Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

''As long as you win, it doesn't matter,'' he said. ''Do I want the ball? Of course. And I'm sure they feel the same way. As long as you win games, it doesn't matter who gets the glory or who's getting the ball, because at the end of the day, everybody benefits when you win. I'm sure each of us will play a part in different games of playing the hero so to speak.''

— The Associated Press

Rams cut Burton — 5:07 p.m.

To accommodate the acquisition of WR Mark Clayton from the Baltimore Ravens, the St. Louis Rams waived WR Keenan Burton of the 53-man roster. Clayton passed the team physical, which makes Monday’s trade complete.

Burton, 25, was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Rams.

— Adam Caplan

Pats bring in DE for visit — 5:05 p.m.

The New England Patriots had free-agent DE Eric Moore in for a visit this week, a source confirmed. Moore was released by the Carolina Panthers weekend.

Moore, 29, has only played in a 4-3 defensive scheme in his career, so it’s interesting that New England, who plays a 3-4, brought him in for a physical. It’s possible that New England sees Moore making the transition to outside linebacker in their scheme.

— Adam Caplan

Browns cut second-rounder from '09 — 4:51 p.m.

In somewhat of a surprising move, the Cleveland Browns waived 2009 second-round pick OLB David Veikune. The Browns announced they signed CB Derrick Roberson to take his place on the 53-man roster.

Veikune, 24, only played in 16 snaps on defense as a rookie, but saw nearly 100 snaps on special teams.

Because he appeared in 10 games last season for the Browns, he’s not eligible for the practice squad.

The second-year linebacker has nearly $500,000 guaranteed left on his four-year deal, a source confirmed.

— Adam Caplan

Parcells steps down from Dolphins post — 3:18 p.m.

While he’s not retiring, Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells is stepping down from the hierarchy of the team.

The team announced Tuesday that effective immediately, (general manager) Jeff Ireland will assume full control over all aspects and decisions in regard to the team and support staff.
Parcells made it clear to those close to him that once he felt Ireland was ready to run the team, he would step aside. That’s really what this move was about.

Parcells will remain with the club on a daily consultant basis.

When Parcells joined the Dolphins in 2007, it wasn’t a secret that he was running the show, and making all the football decisions. But once Ireland joined the team within the next year, there seemed to be some question as to who had final say on personnel decisions. That was put to rest on Tuesday. Ireland clearly will be making all personnel decisions, but still will consult with Parcells.

It will be interesting to see if Parcells, 69, will take on another challenge at this stage of his life.

— Adam Caplan

Jets re-sign Richardson, sign 2 to practice squad — 3:05 p.m.

The New York Jets have re-signed veteran fullback Tony Richardson two days after cutting him.

Richardson practiced with the team Tuesday and will play in the season opener against Baltimore on Monday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Jets needed depth at the cornerback position, not knowing when Darrelle Revis would end his contract holdout, so they kept undrafted free agent Brian Jackson over Richardson. Once Revis agreed to a four-year deal late Sunday night, the Jets decided to bring Richardson back and release Jackson.

The Jets also filled the last two spots on their practice squad, signing running back Chauncey Washington, a preseason standout, and defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, a former Bears third-round pick.

— The Associated Press

Broncos sign defensive lineman Vickerson — 1:48 p.m.

The Denver Broncos now have seven defensive linemen on their 53-man roster, but only one of them, Marcus Thomas, was originally drafted by the team.

On Tuesday, the team signed free-agent Kevin Vickerson, who was released last weekend by the Seattle Seahawks. To make room for him on the roster, the Broncos released DL Le Kevin Smith.

Vickerson is capable of playing end or nose tackle on Denver’s 3-4 defense.

— Adam Caplan

Browns claim center off waivers — 1:33 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have claimed C Steve Vallos off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed. To make room on their 53-man roster, the team released backup OL Billy Yates. The Carolina Panthers also put in a waiver claim for Vallos, the source confirmed.

Vallos, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Seattle, should take over the No. 2 center role for the Browns.

Cleveland currently has only three backup offensive linemen on their 53-man roster.

Profootballtalk.com first reported Vallos was claimed off waivers.

— Adam Caplan

Some early round picks go unclaimed — 1:32 p.m.

It came to a surprise to some league observers that five early round selections were waived last weekend when teams initially set their 53-man rosters.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the probable reason was because each of those players had partial guarantees left on their original rookie deals.

OLB Cody Brown (Arizona Cardinals, second round 2009), WR James Hardy (Buffalo Bills, second round 2008), DT Jarron Gilbert (Chicago Bears, third round 2009), QB Pat White (Miami Dolphins, second round 2009), and WR Juaquin Iglesias (Chicago Bears, third round 2009) all had partial guarantees on their deals, but only Gilbert was claimed off waivers. No other teams put in a claim for Gilbert other than the New York Jets, a source confirmed.

Brown, Hardy and White were still looking for jobs as of Tuesday afternoon. Iglesias re-signed with Chicago’s practice squad.

Interestingly, former St. Louis Rams sixth-round pick QB Keith Null (2009), who was waived last weekend, also had a partially guaranteed contract.

— Adam Caplan

Brady, Patriots reportedly close to deal — 12:13 p.m.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has reportedly been offered a three-year contract extension believed to be worth roughly $58 million, the Boston Herald reports. An agreement appears imminent.

When Brady agreed to a six-year, $60 million deal in 2005, he reportedly accepted less than the maximum amount of money he could have commanded to allow the Patriots more cap flexibility in pursing potential free agents.

Brady recently seemed to become frustrsted with the recent lack of progress on a contract extension, reportedly believing the organization wasn't making his deal a priority. He had hoped to finalize a new deal before the 2010 season started.

Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan, was initially projected to be a backup quarterback. He went on to claim the starting job from incumbent QB Drew Bledsoe and led the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships.

— John Juhasz

Eagles pick up second-year safety  — 8:55 a.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed S Chip Vaughn to their practice squad. Vaughn was waived by the New Orleans Saints last weekend.

Vaughn (6-foot-2, 221 pounds), 24, was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Saints. He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve, then saw action in all four preseason games this summer and contributed 12 tackles.

A two-year starter at Wake Forest University, Vaughn finished his collegiate career with 257 tackles, three interceptions, 22 passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. In his senior season of 2008, the Fairfax, Va., native earned first-team All-ACC honors when he had 87 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.

Some personnel sources pegged him as one of the top safeties available for last year’s draft, so Vaughn, who has excellent size, could push for a roster spot as the season progresses. Philadelphia currently only has three safeties on its 53-man roster.

A source said that in addition to working out Vaughn on Monday, the Eagles also worked out free-agent S Nick Polk, who was waived by the Houston Texans last weekend.

— Adam Caplan

September 6 News and Notes

49ers release third-string QB, sign ex-Ravens backup — 8:40 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers waived second-year QB Nate Davis, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 draft.

Personnel sources said Davis, who has a strong arm, has inconsistent mechanics and needs to do a better job of reading defenses.

To replace Davis on the 53-man roster, the team signed former Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith.

— Adam Caplan

Saints add veteran LB — 8:40 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints, who lost starting weak-side linebacker Jonathan Casillas (foot) for the season, signed veteran LB Danny Clark. However, Clark, who is now with his sixth team since he was selected in the seventh round of the 2000 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, fits in as a middle linebacker or strong-side linebacker. Clark was released by the Houston Texans last weekend.

Third-year LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar is expected to start on the weak side.

To make room for Clark, the team released backup TE Tory Humphrey.

— Adam Caplan

Cardinals claim three players — 8:40 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals have claimed FB Jerome Johnson (New York Giants), OLB Cyril Obiozor (Green Bay Packers) and CB Brandon McDonald (Cleveland Browns) off waivers.

Johnson is the only fullback on Arizona’s 53-man roster. Obiozor will compete for a job as Arizona’s fourth outside linebacker.

McDonald, who was selected by the Browns in the seventh round of the 2007 draft, could get a chance to eventually compete for the nickel role, but he’ll challenge for the fourth cornerback job initially.

Adam Caplan

Rams looking for fill void left by Avery injury — 7:13 p.m.

The St. Louis Rams, who lost starting WR Donnie Avery for the season due to a torn ACL, are expected to work out free-agent WR Demetrius Williams on Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Williams, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, was released by the Ravens last weekend.

Williams is known in scouting circles for having good size and speed. He’s dealt with nagging injuries over his career that have kept him from developing into anything more than a developmental player.

— Adam Caplan

Seahawks continue to make roster tweaks — 7:07 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks continued to reshape the bottom of their 53-man roster on Monday.

As expected, the team signed RB Michael Robinson, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. As noted previous, the team targeted Robinson specifically for his outstanding special teams play.

Seattle also signed free-agents DE Raheem Brock and DT Junior Siavii.

Brock is capable of playing end or tackle in Seattle’s 4-3 defensive scheme. Siavii will likely compete for time as a backup nose tackle.

To make room on their 53-man roster for those players, Seattle released DB Jordan Babineaux and DT Kevin Vickerson, and waived FB Owen Schmitt.

— Adam Caplan

Chargers reel in journeyman QB — 6:58 p.m.

The San Diego Chargers signed QB J.T. O’Sullivan to a one-year deal. The team said O’Sullivan will be added to the roster Tuesday. A corresponding roster move will be made at that time.

The journeyman is now with the ninth team in his career since being selected in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

O’Sullivan, 31, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, will handle the No. 3 role. Veteran QB Billy Volek handles the No. 2 role for the Chargers.

— Adam Caplan

Phillips gives Bryant all-clear to play — 6:37 p.m.

After rookie receiver Dez Bryant prematurely declared he would play last week via his twitter account, Phillips gave the all-clear for Bryant’s return from an ankle injury Monday.

“We’re going to let Dez play this week,” Phillips said. “And he can tweet that, or whatever.”

As for whether Bryant will be prepared to play in a regular season NFL game after missing all of the preseason, Phillips expressed confidence in the No. 1 draft pick.

“I have a feeling that when the lights come on, he’s going to respond,” Phillips said. Full story ...

— FOXSports Southwest

Bucs claim Blount off waivers — 5:50 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves on Monday.

They claimed rookie RB LeGarrette Blount off waivers from the Tennessee Titans.

Blount originally joined Tennessee as an undrafted free agent this year out of the University of Oregon. He ranked second on the Titans during the preseason with 118 rushing yards, while also tying for the team lead with two touchdowns. In two seasons at Oregon, he totaled 159 carries for 1,066 yards and 19 touchdowns in 16 games.

Blount will get a chance to challenge for the No. 3 running back job against Kregg Lumpkin, who was claimed off waivers on Sunday. Tampa Bay badly needs a back with size to get into the rotation, so Blount or Lumpkin figure to get on the field each week.

Tampa Bay also signed P Chris Bryan, while waiving P Brent Bowen and releasing veteran WR Reggie Brown. Tampa Bay gave up a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft for Brown. Even with Brown gone, the Buccaneers still have six receivers on their active roster.

Elsewhere, WR Dezmond Briscoe and OTs Will Barker and Derek Hardman were signed to the practice squad.

Briscoe (6-2, 207) is an interesting prospect. He entered the league as a sixth-round selection (191st overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in this year’s draft. He has really good size and good hands. If he progresses well on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, he could get a chance to join the 53-man roster later this season.

— Adam Caplan

Steelers stickin' with Dixon — 5:01 p.m.

There were rumors that the Pittsburgh Steelers might turn to veteran Charlie Batch to start against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. However, third-year QB Dennis Dixon handled the first-team reps during Monday’s practice, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed to reporters.

While Tomlin named Dixon as the starter, he struggled mightily during the all-important third preseason game against the Denver Broncos. It will be interesting to see if Tomlin has a quick hook if Dixon struggles early against Atlanta.

Starting QB Ben Roethlisberger will sit out the first four regular season games due to suspension. Veteran QB Byron Leftwich, who was supposed to replace him, suffered an MCL sprain during a preseason game which will keep him out at least another week.

— Adam Caplan

Ravens ship Clayton to Rams — 3:50 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens, after signing veteran WR T.J. Housmandzadeh on Monday, traded WR Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams for a late-round draft selection, the Ravens announced.

“Mark is a good person who did everything he could to help the Ravens on and off the field. In the end, we have to do what we think is best for the team, but letting Mark go hurts. He was first class all the way, even when we met with him about the trade. This is a tough part of the business,” Ravens executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Clayton, who was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, fell down the depth chart at receiver in recent years. He seemed to be on the right path during his second year and posted a career-high 67 receptions. But since then, his reception totals have fallen off, and he’s dealt with inconsistency.

Clayton will get a new lease on life with the Rams, who are dealing with the recent loss of starting WR Donnie Avery for the season due to a torn ACL. Realistically, Clayton could push for a starting job once he gets acclimated with the playbook.

Clayton signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender worth $2.227 million back in May.

— Adam Caplan

Jets: 'We got nervous' before Revis signed — 3:14 p.m.

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Dolphins ink former first rounder — 2:28 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins have signed LB Bobby Carpenter. To make room for him on their 53-man roster, the Dolphins released veteran LB Charlie Anderson.

Carpenter, 27, is his fifth NFL season and has seen action in 58 career games, including three starts, all with the Dallas Cowboys.

The 6-2, 249-pounder was the 18th overall selection of the Cowboys in the 2006 NFL Draft and has recorded 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two passes defensed. He spent the 2010 training camp with St. Louis Rams after being traded for OT Alex Barron on May 10, 2010.

Carpenter is capable of playing ILB or OLB in Miami’s 3-4 scheme, but is probably better off playing on the inside based on his skill set.

— Adam Caplan

Seahawks add RB to practice squad — 1:49 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent RB Chris Henry to their practice squad, a source said. Henry was waived by the Houston Texans last Saturday.

Henry (6-0, 230) is known in scouting circles for possessing very good speed for a back with such great size. However, his one true criticism has been that he has not been patient enough on running plays. He plays a bit too fast, rather than seeing the hole and making a cut and running to daylight.

Henry, who had a very good training camp with the Texans, will play in a similar zone blocking scheme with Seattle.

Henry was originally selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

— Adam Caplan

Ravens reel in Houshmandzadeh — 12:04 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens have reached a one-year contract agreement with free-agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a source confirmed. While the exact terms of the deal weren’t immediately available, the NFL minimum salary for players of nine years of service is $755,000. Players with 10+ years of service earn a minimum of $855,000.

With veteran WR Donte’ Stallworth out for several weeks due to a broken foot, depth at receiver had become a small issue for Baltimore. Houshmandzadeh should be able to get acclimated with Baltimore’s offensive scheme rather quickly since he played in a similar scheme earlier in his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore opens up their regular season schedule next Monday at the New York Jets.

Houshmandzadeh, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks last weekend, likely will compete for playing time in the slot, an area where he excelled for many seasons.

— Adam Caplan

Source: Texans nab Leinart on one-year deal — 10:01 a.m.

The Houston Texans were looking for a quarterback to push veteran Dan Orlovsky for the No. 2 job. They accomplished that by agreeing to a one-year deal with Matt Leinart, a source confirmed.

Leinart, who was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, was released by the team on Saturday.

Leinart never developed into the kind of passer that Arizona was looking for, but he’ll get a chance to revive his career in the West Coast offense, a system that might fit his talent well if he progresses in a few areas.

While the left-handed passer does not possess a strong arm, Leinart is capable of being an accurate passer. What he needs to do is speed up his delivery. The West Coast system is based on timing and rhythm, two traits which Leinart must improve on. If he does, he could jump start his career again. — Adam Caplan

Eagles set to sign TE Mills — 9:59 a.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles only have two tight ends (Brent Celek, rookie Clay Harbor) on their 53-man roster, so they did something to address that issue. TE Garrett Mills, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, is expected to sign with Philadelphia’s practice squad, a source said.

Mills is expected to take a team physical on Monday. If he passes it, he’ll be with the team when they return to practice field on Wednesday. Interestingly, Mills, who is a vested veteran, still has practice squad eligibility left. Because of that, Philadelphia will not have to fully guarantee his salary. Had he been on their 53-man roster during the first week of the regular season, his entire base salary would be guaranteed.

Mills dealt with some bad luck with injuries on and off during throughout his career, but he put that behind him and had a very solid preseason and training camp. He’s known in scouting circles for his athleticism. The only true negative is his lack of ideal height (stands at less than 6-2), but he’s capable of playing tight end and fullback. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles plan to use him because of his athleticism and positional versatility.

Mills first gained serious notice during 2006 Senior Bowl week practices. He was a tough matchup for linebackers because of his speed. Because of those performances, he moved well up draft boards despite not playing at a traditional football school (University of Tulsa).

Mills, who was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, was claimed off waivers by Minnesota during his second season. — Adam Caplan
 

September 5 News and Notes

Denver claims two players — 11:36 p.m.

The Denver Broncos, who have been dealing with injury issues at running back, claimed RB Andre Brown off waivers from the New York Giants. Brown, a fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, was highly thought of in scouting circles. In fact, some sources said he was the most impressive back on the field during Senior Bowl week practices last year. However, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during training camp of his rookie season.

The Broncos also claimed OL Chris Clark off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Clark is expected to compete for a job as the team’s backup right tackle.

In other moves, the team waived RB Bruce Hall and OLB/DE Baraka Atkins.

— Adam Caplan

Bucs make various moves — 11:33 p.m.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several moves on Sunday.

The team claimed G/C Ted Larsen (New England Patriots) and RB Kregg Lumpkin (Green Bay Packers) off waivers.

Larsen was selected in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft. Larsen figures to compete for the backup center job.

Lumpkin figures to compete for the third running back job. A source confirmed the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks also put waiver claims in for him.

To make room for those two players on their 53-man roster, the Buccaneers waived OT Derek Hardman and RB/KR Clifton Smith.

— Adam Caplan

Titans add special teamer — 11:32 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans claimed LB Tim Shaw (Chicago Bears) and LB Patrick Bailey (Pittsburgh Steelers) off waivers.

Shaw, who posted a franchise-record 30 special teams tackles for the Bears last season, also received interest from the New York Jets, who put in a waiver claim for the special teams ace. Shaw also is capable of playing SLB or MLB.

Bailey figures to compete for a job at SLB and also on special teams.

To make room for both players, the Titans waived LB Stanford Keglar and RB LeGarrette Blount, who the team has interesting in signing to their practice squad.

— Adam Caplan
 

Chargers get help on offensive line — 11:10 p.m.

To help the thinned out depth on their offensive line, the San Diego Chargers signed veteran OT Adam Terry to a one-year deal. Terry should take over as the backup left tackle, yet some personnel evaluators believe he’s better off playing on the right side.

The team lost veteran LT Tra Thomas to retirement recently. Starting LT Marcus McNeill has yet to sign his one-year restricted free agent tender. Brandyn Dombrokski is currently filling in for McNeill.

— Adam Caplan

Bills claim guard, add tight end — 11:07 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills, who have been looking for offensive line depth, claimed G Kraig Urbik off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. A source confirmed the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets also put a waiver claim in for the interior offensive lineman.

Urbik, who was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, never appeared in a regular season game for Pittsburgh. However, he was very well thought of in scout circles before last year’s draft.

In addition, the team signed veteran TE David Martin, who was released by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. Martin is currently only the second tight end under contract on Buffalo’s 53-man roster. Second-year TE Shawn Nelson is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

— Adam Caplan

Andrews bags over $9M for his time in Philly — 11:02 p.m.

When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Stacy Andrews in March of 2009, they thought they were getting an offensive lineman with tremendous upside. Andrews started 29 games over his last two seasons as a Bengal, but he suffered a torn ACL late in the 2008 season.

Andrews was slow to recover and appeared in 10 games last season for Philadelphia, but only started two of them. But the hope was that his surgically repaired knee would be much stronger in his second season with the team. And it appeared that he was on the right path as he took over the starting right guard during Philadelphia’s OTA practices. In fact, team sources said he started to look like the player they thought they were getting.

Unfortunately, Andrews’ performance during preseason games was not up to standard. Because of that, they gave up on him after just one season, and traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick.

Despite his struggles, a source said Andrews made over $9 million for time as an Eagle. Last season, he earned a total of roughly $5.43 million in base salary ($1.62 million) and roster and workout bonuses ($3.812 million). The Eagles paid him his $4.1 roster bonus in March, pushing his take to over $9 million. Seattle will responsible for his $900,000 base salary guarantee this season. The good news for Seattle is he has no more guaranteed money due after this season. So if he doesn’t perform well, they could move on without him.

— Adam Caplan

Seahawks snag players off waivers — 10:30 p.m.

While rumors swirled about the future of Seattle Seahawks RB Julius Jones, the team was busy making other moves on Sunday.

The team claimed S Nate Ness (Miami Dolphins) and OL Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay Packers) off waivers. Ness is back with Seattle for the second time. He fits in as a fourth safety. Dietrich-Smith fits in as a fourth guard. A source confirmed no other teams put waiver claims in for either player.

The team also agreed to terms on a contract with RB Michael Robinson, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. A source said the team targeted Robinson largely because of his special teams play. He’ll also compete for time as the team’s third running back.

As for Jones, a source said the plan over the weekend was to release the veteran back, so the move is still expected to happen in the coming days since his entire $2.45 million base salary would be guaranteed if he’s on the roster for Week 1 of the regular season.

In addition, the team waived S Kevin Ellison, G Steve Vallos, and G Mansfield Wrotto.

— Adam Caplan

Texans cut veteran LB — 10:28 p.m.

The Houston Texans released veteran LB Danny Clark. The move came as a small surprise since the team will be without starting SLB Brian Cushing due to his four-game suspension.

In addition, the team claimed LB David Nixon (Oakland Raiders) and CB Jamal Wall (Dallas Cowboys) off waivers. A source confirmed no other teams put waiver claims in for either player.

— Adam Caplan

Jets hand starting FB job to rookie — 9:43 p.m.

In a small surprise, the New York Jets released veteran FB Tony Richardson. Had Richardson been with the team this coming week, his entire $855,000 base salary would have been become guaranteed. It’s possible that the team re-signs him after week one when his base salary would not be guaranteed. Rookie John Conner won the starting fullback job.

In addition, the team claimed the following players off waivers: OT Patrick Brown (from the Minnesota Vikings), WR Patrick Turner (from the Miami Dolphins), and DL Marcus Dixon (from the Dallas Cowboys). To make room for those players on their 53-man roster, the Jets also waived WR David Clowney and RB Chauncey Washington.

Dixon played in the 3-4 defense with Dallas, so he should fit in well with the Jets. Turner, who was selected by Miami in the third round of last year’s draft, is known in scouting circles for having good hands, but not having ideal speed. Brown will compete for a job in back up starting LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

— Adam Caplan

Lions cut Northcutt — 9:40 p.m.

Last week, FOXSports.com wrote that Detroit Lions veteran WR Dennis Northcutt could be released because of his decreased role. On Sunday, the team wound up releasing him. The team chose to keep second-year WR Derrick Williams instead. Northcutt’s entire $1.55 million base salary would have been guaranteed had he been on the 53-man roster this coming week.

In other moves, the team claimed TE Spencer Havner (Green Bay Packers) and WR/KR/PR Stefan Logan (Pittsburgh Steelers) off waivers and released veteran LB Rocky Boiman. A source confirmed the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also put waiver claims in for Havner.

— Adam Caplan

Dolphins lose CB, make several transactions  — 7:19 p.m.

The Miami Dolphins made a flurry of moves on Sunday.

Veteran DEs Charles Grant and Marques Douglas and G Cory Procter were were released. They also claimed DE Clifton Geathers, OLs Jermey Parnell and Joe Reitz and DE Robert Geathers off waivers. CB Will Allen was also put on injured reserve.

Grant, 32, who played his entire career in the 4-3 defense, was signed by Miami in July with the thinking he could provide some pass rushing help for their 3-4 scheme. Douglas, 33, played most of his career in the 3-4. Miami is very thin now at defensive end, so it’s possible that they re-sign one or both of these players after the first week of the regular season when veteran base salaries are not guaranteed.

Procter, who is capable of playing guard or center, should find a job in short order because of his versatility.

Even with Allen out for the season, Miami is still pretty deep at cornerback, so they may not address the position in free agency.
 

— Adam Caplan

Palmer and Palmer make O'Sullivan expendable — 3:00 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran QB J.T. O’Sullivan on Sunday. To replace him on the 53-man roster, the team claimed QB Dan LeFevour off waivers from the Chicago Bears. O’Sullivan was on the final year of his two-year deal that he signed in March of 2009. He was to earn $1.3 million in base salary.

O’Sullivan’s release may not have come to that much of a surprise when you consider the rapid development of late of Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of starting QB Carson Palmer.

Jordan Palmer was pushing O’Sullivan for the No. 2 job in training camp, but the timing of this moving is curious. It’s possible that the team tried to deal the journeyman signal caller, but found no takers. Jordan Palmer is on a one-year deal with a base salary of $470,000.

When is the last time a brother-brother combination took up the two spots on the quarterback depth chart?

In other news of note, the team signed 2009 third-round pick TE Chase Coffman to their practice squad.

-- Adam Caplan

Seahawks look to sign a QB (but not that one) — 1:15 p.m.

The New England Patriots waived rookie QB Zac Robinson on Saturday. On Sunday, the seventh-round pick is close to finding a new home with the Seattle Seahawks, a source said. Robinson is expected to sign with Seattle’s practice squad.

Seattle currently has just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster after releasing veteran J.P. Losman on Saturday, but they don’t appear to want to carry a third at the moment.

Robinson has good athleticism, but scouting sources said he has less than ideal arm strength. However, Seattle’s current offensive scheme doesn’t require a quarterback to have a rocket arm, so he could fit in well for the long-term.

— Adam Caplan

Report: Haynesworth not certain to start in opener— 8:53 p.m.

It appeared that the Albert Haynesworth saga was improving last week when the defensive lineman played the entire game against the Arizona Cardinals. But as the Washington Post reports, two sources who reviewed his game film said he was “awful” in that game.

Game film, which is called coaching tape, or “all-22” by NFL personnel evaluators, gives the viewer the chance to see the entire field, so it’s very easy to tell if a player if giving effort or not. The paper also notes that Haynesworth failed to adhere to the principles of the new 3-4 scheme which was installed by new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Because Haynesworth clearly did not give good enough effort, it will be interesting to see how he’s used, if he plays at all, in the season opener next Sunday at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

According to three sources cited by the Post, it's very unlikely Haynesworth will start Sunday.

— Adam Caplan

September 4 News and Notes

Eagles trade starting right guard Andrews to Seahawks — 9:55 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded starting right guard Stacy Andrews to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick. Full story

— Associated Press

Lions, Broncos swap players — 3:02 p.m.

The Detroit Lions had been looking for help at cornerback. The Denver Broncos had been looking for help at tight end. So both teams hooked up for a deal on Saturday.

Detroit dealt backup TE Dan Gronkowski to Denver in exchange for CB Alphonso Smith, sources confirmed.

As noted earlier this week by FOXSports.com, Smith fell down on the depth chart at cornerback recently, and he could be traded. Smith, who was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, became a pricey draft pick. Denver gave up a first-round pick in the 2010 draft in order to be able to select him.

Despite his disappointing play, Smith was highly regarded in the scouting community prior to last year’s draft. With the Lions, he’ll compete for the fourth or fifth cornerback job.

Detroit has decent depth at tight end, so Gronkowski’s roster spot became expendable. Denver has major injury problems at tight end, so there’s a decent chance he’ll stick on their roster this season.

— Adam Caplan

Houshmandzadeh Released — 1:36 p.m.

As expected, the Seattle Seahawks have decided to release veteran WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer reported.

Houshmandzadeh was a slight disappointment for Seattle last season. And with a new coaching staff and front office in place, the veteran wideout was on the outs.

Houshmandzadeh signed a five-year, $40 million deal in March of 2009 with $14.5 million guaranteed. His $12.5 million in base salaries were fully guaranteed.

As a pro personnel source told FOXSports.com, trading the veteran receiver was highly unlikely not just because of his contract, but because slot receivers don’t command that kind of money in the free-agent market.

Teams of note that could have an interest in Houshmandzadeh based on need include the Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers. 

— Adam Caplan

Bradford Era Begins in St. Louis — 1:20 p.m.

As first reported by FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer, St. Louis Rams first-round pick Sam Bradford will be the team’s starting quarterback when the team takes on the Arizona Cardinals at home in the season opener next Sunday.

Bradford started off slowly for the Rams in the preseason, but he was terrific in his final two appearances.

Bradford, out of the University of Oklahoma, seemed very comfortable behind center during the third preseason game at the New England Patriots. He had all the poise of a veteran in that game.

It will be interesting to see how he reacts against Arizona’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

— Adam Caplan

Bills release seventh-round pick — 12:46 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills have informed seventh-round pick Levi Brown that he will be waived today, a source confirmed.

The right-handed signal caller was one of four quarterbacks on Buffalo’s roster. Brown was fourth on the depth chart for all of the preseason, so he wasn’t going to really get a fair shot to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster this fall.

It will be interesting to see if Brown gets claimed on waivers since there were a few other teams that showed interest in him before this year’s draft.

— Adam Caplan


Redskins drop veteran RB — 12:33 p.m.

In no great surprise, the Washington Redskins have decided to release veteran RB Willie Parker, a source confirmed.

Parker signed a one-year, $850,000 with Washington back in early April. That deal included a signing bonus of $50,000, a source confirmed.

Parker struggled to make an impact during training camp and fell down to the fourth spot on the depth chart at one point. With Parker gone, that means veteran RB Larry Johnson won the No. 2 role.

Still, Parker, 29, could find a landing spot after the first week of the regular season when veteran salaries are not guaranteed.

— Adam Caplan
 

Eagles acquire Barnes from Ravens — 12:12 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles had been searching for a player to handle their hybrid DE/SLB role since trading DE Chris Clemons to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.

On Saturday, they acquired DE/OLB Antwan Barnes from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2011 undisclosed draft pick.

Barnes (6-0, 245), who is expected to compete for the “Joker” role in Philadelphia’s 4-3 defensive scheme, primarily played outside linebacker in Baltimore’s 3-4 scheme.

Barnes, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, is on a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.101 million.

— Adam Caplan
 

Chargers release veteran WR — 12:51 p.m.

On Friday, the San Diego Chargers acquired veteran WR Patrick Crayton from the Dallas Cowboys. On Saturday, they cut veteran WR Josh Reed, a source confirmed.

Reed and Crayton both play primarily in the slot, so Reed’s services were no longer needed by the Chargers.

Reed, 30, was originally selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

— Adam Caplan

Bucs release WR Clayton — 12:48 p.m.

As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released veteran WR Michael Clayton on Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Clayton had an outstanding rookie campaign in 2004, but the former first-round pick has been a major disappointment for the Buccaneers since that time. Clayton never posted more than 38 receptions in any season since 2004.

Despite that, the Buccaneers surprisingly re-signed him in March of 2009 to a five-year, $24 million deal with $10.5 million guaranteed. The team decided to part ways with Clayton, even though his entire base salary of $3 million for 2010 is guaranteed.

Clayton would not have been listed any higher than No. 5 on the depth chart at receiver, so the move was an easy one to make from a personnel standpoint.

— Adam Caplan
 

Chiefs have time to make decision at safety — 12:01 p.m.

When Kansas City Chiefs S Jarrad Page signed his one-year restricted-free agent tender, it probably came to a surprise to many team observers since Page missed all of training camp and the preseason. The team also selected FS Eric Berry in this year’s NFL Draft, so Page’s days as a Chief could be coming to an end.

At a one-year salary of $1.759 million, that price could be deemed to be too exorbitant for Kansas City to pay for a player who would likely be a backup this season.

A source confirmed the Chiefs received a roster exemption until Sept. 20. Once it’s up, he will count against their 53-man roster. The expectation is that they will either trade or release him.

— Adam Caplan

Dumervil replacements lining up — 11:56 a.m.

Denver Broncos starting OLB Elvis Dumervil confirmed through his Twitter account that his season is over due to the torn pectoral muscle that he suffered during a training camp practice in early August. The move was not made by Denver on Friday, a source confirmed, but will by 6:00 PM ET on Saturday.

With Dumervil out of the picture this season, the coaches will turn to former first-round picks Jarvis Moss and Robert Ayers.

Both players, who played defensive end in college, have yet to come close to realizing their potential.

In his three seasons with Denver, Moss has only posted 3.5 sacks and has only started one game. But he’ll get another chance to prove his worth. Moss is signed through 2011.

Much was expected out of Ayers, who was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. In fact, many personnel evaluators thought he would be a perfect fit for Denver’s 3-4 scheme because of his athleticism. It didn’t quite turn out that way since Ayers only started one game and didn’t record a sack.

Because Denver has next to no depth at outside linebacker, Moss and Ayers will get another chance to prove themselves — it’s not like the team has anywhere else to turn.

— Adam Caplan

Chiefs work out defensive tackle — 11:48 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs are a little thin on depth for their defensive line. Because of that, the team worked out free-agent DT Lonnie Harvey late this week, a source confirmed.

Harvey (6-foot-3, 340 pounds) was waived by the Buffalo Bills this week. He was originally signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Harvey was waived by Carolina prior to the start of the regular season. He signed with Buffalo’s practice squad in late November.

Harvey fits in as a fifth defensive tackle.

— Adam Caplan

September 3 News and Notes

Saints to release veteran RB Ladell Betts — 12:48 p.m.

Veteran RB Ladell Betts has been released by the New Orleans Saints, according to the Associated Press. Betts’ release leaves the team with four backs on their roster.

RB DeShawn Wynn and undrafted rookie free-agent RB Chris Ivory remained on the roster as of late Friday evening.

Ivory was one of the stars from training camp and the preseason for the Saints. He has pretty good feet for a guy of his size (5-11, 222). Wynn (5-10, 232) has good size and might get a chance to compete for a short-yardage role.

A source confirmed the Saints did not turn any transactions to the league by 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday, but the AP notes DE Bobby McCray, DT Kendrick Clancy, C Nick Leckey, and S Chip Vaughn were released. Because Vaughn is only a second-year player, he has to be waived, so another team could claim him. It’s possible that those players were notified that they will be released rather than let go on Friday.

With Leckey out of the picture, that means fifth-round pick Matt Tennant won the No. 2 center job.

— Adam Caplan

Saints to place FS Sharper on PUP list — 11:57 p.m.

Less than 24 hours removed from their preseason finale, the New Orleans Saints began trimming their roster Friday and moved quickly into regular-season mode, with the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings only six days away.

The Saints will not announce any moves until Saturday, in advance of the 3 p.m. CDT deadline to get the roster down to 53. but according to published reports, safety Darren Sharper will be placed on the reserve PUP list, and among those released were quarterback Patrick Ramsey, defensive end Bobby McCray and running back Ladell Betts.

“Without getting into a specific example,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, the Titans game “helped some players. It’s part of the equation. When you take four exams back in school, the fourth exam means something. We got a lot of playing time with a lot of players.”

— FOX Sports Southwest

Ravens' Reed to miss at least first six games of season — 11:52 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed will miss the first six weeks of the  season as he continues his rehabilitation from hip surgery, The Baltimore Sun reported Friday night.

Reed, who had the surgery in April, has decided to go on the physically-unable-to-play (PUP) list and is expected to be fully recovered by Week Seven.

Tom Zbikowski has filled in for Reed throughout the preseason and is set to take Reed's spot in the starting line-up.

— Newscore

Bears expected to release third-rounder — 9:37 p.m.

The Chicago Bears are leaning toward waiving second-year WR Juaquin Iglesias, a source said. Chicago has not announced any roster moves, but they must get down to the mandated 53-player limit on Saturday by 6:00 p.m. EST.

Iglesias, who had a very strong set of practices during last year’s Senior Bowl week, was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

While he’s known in scouting circles for possessing solid hands, Iglesias might not have had the ideal speed for offensive coordinator’s Mike Martz’s scheme. Even so, he was very highly regarded during the draft process, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s claimed off waivers once he’s released.

— Adam Caplan

Rosenfels should fit in well with Giants — 9:07 p.m.

With Minnesota Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels sitting third on the depth chart with a base salary of $2.6 million for this season, it wasn’t going to be long before the team looked to deal him.

Rosenfels, who was traded by the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, according to FOXSports.com’s Alex Marvez, will take over the No. 2 quarterback job with the Giants. Acquiring help at quarterback became imperative after the Giants lost Jim Sorgi (shoulder) for the season. Second-year QB Rhett Bomar, who will handle the No. 3 job, has a very strong arm, but lacks consistent accuracy.

As suggested by FOXSports.com earlier this week, Rosenfels could attract interest despite his high salary because of the dearth of available quarterbacks in the free-agent market.

Rosenfels, 32, has played in a similar offensive scheme like the Giants currently use when he played for the Miami Dolphins several years ago, a personnel source said.

With Rosenfels gone in Minnesota, sixth-round pick Joe Webb will handle the No. 3 quarterback role. Webb was terrific during Senior Bowl practices, but while practicing as a receiver. He did play quarterback in college at UAB.

— Adam Caplan

Young QB pushes veteran QB off roster — 7:48 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints made a few surprising decisions at the quarterback position. They’ve decided to release veteran QB Patrick Ramsey. But what may come as more of a surprise is they kept an undrafted free-agent over the former first-round pick out of the 2002 NFL Draft.

QB Chase Daniel was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Washington Redskins last year, but was waived before the regular season began. He was signed to the New Orleans practice squad shortly afterwards. He was waived by the Saints twice during the regular season. So it was natural to think he had little or no future with New Orleans. But the Saints gave him another shot after re-signing him earlier this year.

Practice observers said Daniel clearly out performed Ramsey in practice, and it became apparent that he was the better player. In fact, one source said Daniel’s arm is close to the same strength as that of starting QB Drew Brees. With that being the case, the Saints informed Daniel that he would be on the 53-man roster this season.

It shows once again that it doesn’t matter that you’re drafted; it’s what you do with the opportunity that you’re given.

— Adam Caplan

Texans to cut veteran cornerback — 7:18 p.m.

During Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak’s Friday news briefing, he confirmed that veteran CB Jacques Reeves will be released.

Reeves, who would have been a backup had he made Houston’s final roster, was slated to earn $3 million in base salary. He was signed through 2012. Reeves’ pending release will leave the team very young at the cornerback position.

In other moves, Kubiak said WR/KR Andre Davis (tailbone) will go on injured reserve. With Davis out of the picture for this season, look for seventh-round pick WR Dorin Dickerson to make Houston’s 53-man roster. Dickerson, who played tight end in college, has a lot of upside as a receiver.

— Adam Caplan

Cowboys trade OL to Miami — 5:22 p.m.

The Cowboys made a second trade today, shipping Pat McQuistan to Miami for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.

Full story

— Fox Sports Southwest

Houshmandzadeh difficult to deal — 6:19 p.m.

While rumors persist that the Seattle Seahawks are trying to move WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh in a trade, a personnel source said two things could prevent that from happening.

Houshmandzadeh’s entire $7 million base salary is fully guaranteed for skill and injury for 2010. So he would still be owed the $7 million if he’s on their roster or not. And as the source points out, Houshmandzadeh plays primarily in the slot, and guaranteeing that kind of money to an inside receiver is too steep of a price to pay.

Houshmandzadeh is slated to make $8 million in 2011, but that salary is not guaranteed, so he could be released next year without any ramifications.

— Adam Caplan

Texans work out RB, will have new K — 5:22 p.m.

The Houston Texans worked out free-agent RBs Derrick Ward and Justin Fargas, head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed during this Friday media briefing.

“We worked him (Ward) out today. I actually just saw the workout on tape. We had him and Justin Fargas both in here. Obviously, we’ve got a running back issue on our football team right now, so we’ll be talking to a bunch of people. Those are two we talked to today and worked out. We’ll be looking at the waiver wire very, very closely. We’ve got some issues to try and get cleaned up,” Kubiak said.

As first noted earlier, the Texans are expected to waive RB Chris Henry before Saturday 6:00 PM ET roster deadline. Once that move is made, that would leave the team with only one healthy running back—starter Arian Foster. Third-year RB Steve Slaton (turf toe) and RB Jeremiah Johnson (toe) may not be available for the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

In other team news, Kubiak confirmed that long-time Texan K Kris Brown will be released, meaning Neil Rackers will be the team’s new kicker. Brown had been Houston’s kicker since their first season as a franchise in 2002.

— Adam Caplan

Chargers acquire WR Crayton — 4:15 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton was looking to be released so he could find a better role elsewhere. On Friday, he got that wish.

Dallas traded Crayton to the San Diego Chargers for a late-round pick, a source confirmed. The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas received a seventh-round pick.

Crayton had been successful for many years as Dallas’ slot receiver, but he got phased out after the team selected Dez Bryant in the first round of this year’s draft. Crayton’s departure will open up a bigger role for second-year WR Kevin Ogletree.

In San Diego, Crayton figures to take over the slot role currently manned by former first-round pick Craig “Buster” Davis. Since Dallas and San Diego run a similar offense, Crayton should be able to learn their playbook right away. Crayton is signed through 2011 and is listed with a base salary of $2 million for 2010.

While it has been speculated that Crayton could be a potential fill-in for WR Vincent Jackson, who has refused to signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender, that probably isn’t going to be the case. Crayton, as noted above, is really a slot receiver. Plus, the team believes strongly that Malcom Floyd, who will start in place of Jackson, will be a solid outside receiver.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles make roster moves — 3:58 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles were the first team to officially make roster moves on Friday.

The team moved DE Victor Abiamiri from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the Reserve Physically Unable to perform list.

They also waived CB Geoffrey Pope, DE Pannel Egboh, DT Boo Robinson, WR Dobson Collins, RB Martell Mallett, G Jeraill McCuller, CB David Pender, S Anthony Scirrotto. The team also released RB J.J. Arrington and TE Nate Lawrie.

Mallett has a decent chance to be signed to Philadelphia’s practice squad if he clears waivers.

By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will now receive a sixth-round draft pick from Denver in 2012 as compensation for the trade of LB Joe Mays to the Broncos on July 30.

Two sources said that the sixth-round pick they got from Denver will be sent to the Arizona Cardinals in the Reggie Wells deal.

Philadelphia’s roster stands at 65 players. All teams must be down to 53 players by Saturday at 6:00 PM ET.

— Adam Caplan

Jerry Jones: 'very real' chance Cowboys will make a trade — 3:32 p.m.

The Cowboys, like every other team in the league, are trying to swing a trade before Saturday's mandatory cut date.

Full story

— FOX Sports Southwest

Cards to release veteran TE — 3:19 p.m.

Veteran TE Anthony Becht is expected to be released by the Arizona Cardinals, a source said.

Becht, 33, is known in scouting circles as a good blocker.

The move to release Becht is due in part to seventh-round pick TE Jim Dray’s solid performance in training camp. TE Stephen Spach could handle Becht’s blocking role. TE Ben Patrick is the starter and best receiving threat the Cardinals have at the position.

— Adam Caplan

Eagles acquire guard from Cardinals — 2:46 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking for depth on the interior of their offensive line. With that in mind, the team acquired G Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011, both teams announced. Sources said the Eagles have been looking into adding depth at guard or center for several weeks.

“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”

Wells (6-4, 314) played the past seven seasons with the Cardinals after being selected in the sixth-round (177th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Clarion (PA). The South Park, PA native played in 104 games with 90 starts during his career in Arizona while also starting all six postseason contests the past two years.

With Wells gone, this leaves Deuce Lutui to start at RG for the Cardinals.

Adam Caplan

Eagles make moves, cut roster to 65  — 1:54 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles were the first team to officially make roster moves on Friday.

The team moved DE Victor Abiamiri from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the Reserve Physically Unable to perform list.

They also waived CB Geoffrey Pope, DE Pannel Egboh, DT Boo Robinson, WR Dobson Collins, RB Martell Mallett, G Jeraill McCuller, CB David Pender, S Anthony Scirrotto. The team also released RB J.J. Arrington and TE Nate Lawrie.

Mallett has a decent chance to be signed to Philadelphia’s practice squad if he clears waivers.

Philadelphia’s roster stands at 65 players. All teams must be down to 53 players by Saturday at 6 p.m..

Adam Caplan

Broncos lose yet another RB — 1:54 p.m.

When the Denver Broncos signed veteran RB LenDale White last month, it was believed they only did so for depth purposes.

But with RBs Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and Correll Buckhalter (back) dealing with lingering injuries, White quickly moved up the depth chart and started during the third preseason game, the most important of the four for NFL teams.

Unfortunately, White suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Thursday evening’s road game against the Minnesota Vikings, a league source confirmed. Because of the seriousness of the injury, White will miss the entire 2010 season. He was already suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Buckhalter was able to play against Minnesota and Moreno is getting closer to returning. It’s still up in the air whether he’ll be able to play in the regular season opener at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

— Adam Caplan

Panthers show diverse plans for rookie Edwards — 1:54 p.m.

Carolina Panthers rookie Armanti Edwards looked completely out of place trying to returning kicks for much of the preseason. He appeared awkward and uncomfortable catching passes, too.

Edwards behind center in the shotgun? Now that's something that comes natural, and perhaps could be the needed wrinkle to jump-start the Panthers' punchless offense.

Enter Carolina's version of the wildcat: the ''Mountaineer.''

''Brought back old times,'' the former Appalachian State Mountaineers quarterback said after running six plays in the formation in Thursday's 19-3 loss to Pittsburgh in the preseason finale. ''They put in a couple plays this week for me.''

The formation, which Carolina first practiced on Monday, produced modest results. It couldn't prevent the Panthers from becoming the first NFL team in at least 14 years to not score an offensive touchdown in the preseason, according to STATS LLC.

But Thursday's brief stint in the wildcat was a glimpse as to why the Panthers gave up so much to get the speedy and athletic Edwards, the only player in NCAA Division I history to throw for over 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000.

''I think it's something we wanted to take a look at,'' coach John Fox said. ''It's an area that he's done before in the past and we wanted to take a peek at a few plays we put in this past week.''

Eyebrows were raised when the Panthers traded next year's second-round pick to New England so they could take the slight, undersized Edwards with the Patriots' third-round pick.

The criticism grew when Edwards, who had never returned kicks in his life, had trouble just catching the ball in practices and lost a fumble in the preseason opener. And he didn't win many people over with his uneven performance as a receiver, a position he hadn't played since his junior year in high school.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Edwards first lined up at quarterback on the seventh play of Carolina's opening drive Thursday. Facing third-and-6 from the Pittsburgh 30, Edwards tried to run to the short side, but the second-team offensive line caved and he was stuffed for a 3-yard loss.

He was back out there in the second quarter, handing off to Josh Vaughan on two straight plays for a net two yards.

Edwards started a drive deep in Carolina territory in the third quarter and the left-hander rifled a 6-yard pass to rookie David Gettis on first-and-15. He tried to run on the next play, but was dropped for a 1-yard loss.

Edwards passed again in his final play in the formation on third-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 33 early in the fourth quarter. Gettis dropped what should've been a first down conversion, and John Kasay kicked a 51-yard field goal on the next play for Carolina's only points.

The Panthers have used a version of the wildcat in the past with running back DeAngelo Williams and receiver Steve Smith, but have not thrown a pass out of the formation in a regular-season game.

That could change with Edwards, the two-time national player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision who led Appalachian State to two national titles and a monumental upset of Michigan.

''We talked about it all throughout the summer, that sooner or later we were going to do a little bit of wildcat with me,'' Edwards said. ''I didn't think it would be this early.''

The good news - or maybe the bad news - is Edwards' 56.2 passer rating is better than Matt Moore's 56.1 in the preseason. Moore and most of the starters sat out Thursday's game to avoid injury.

But Edwards' versatility, combined with the news that Smith (arm) and running back Jonathan Stewart (heel) should play Week 1 at the New York Giants after sitting out the preseason, gives Carolina some offensive hope.

And Edwards looked better in other areas Thursday night, too. He caught two passes for 10 yards, had a 17-yard punt return and a 22-yard kickoff return.

''It's really what he was drafted to do,'' Fox said. ''We'll look at him on kicks, punts, even a little bit at quarterback and again at wide receiver. He gives us a lot of looks and opportunities to evaluate.''

— The Associated Press

Texans releasing last original player in PK Brown — 1:47 p.m.

The last of the original Houston Texans is gone.

The team has cut kicker Kris Brown, the only player remaining from the inaugural 2002 season. Brown's agent, Glenn Schwartzman confirmed the move Friday, which was first reported by KRIV-TV and the Houston Chronicle.

Brown lost a competition in training camp to Neil Rackers, who was signed in the offseason.

Brown is the only player to appear in all 128 games in Texans history. He followed up his best season as a pro in 2008 with his worst last season, when he made just 21 of 32 field goals.

Rackers spent the previous seven seasons in Arizona. He made the Pro Bowl in 2005 after setting an NFL record for field goals in a season (40).

Houston coach Gary Kubiak said all along that the kicker who loses the competition at Texans camp will likely kick for another team this season. Schwartzman says he's confident that Brown will play somewhere this season.

''We're kind of going to just digest what just happened,'' Schwartzman said. ''The first situation that makes sense to us, we'll definitely strongly consider that. But we're not in a rush to just take something, just to take something. We want to make sure it's a place where he and his family can be for a while.''

Kubiak said Brown and Rackers were in a virtual dead heat after neither missed a field-goal try in the first three preseason games. Brown missed a 56-yard attempt, and Rackers hit a 21-yarder in Thursday's 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay.

Kubiak said the decision would be one of the hardest of his coaching career. Brown went 29-of-33 on field-goal attempts in 2008, the highest percentage of his 11-year career. He was also active in Houston charities.

''It's been a great ride for him,'' Schwartzman said. ''He loves the Texans organization and the city. He did everything he could to put himself in a position to stay with the team. He had one of the best camps he's ever had. He competed really hard, but the team made the decision it made, and he's got to respect that and get ready for his next opportunity.''

— The Associated Press

Browns lose rookie RB — 1:22 p.m.

When the Cleveland Browns selected Montario Hardesty with one of their two second-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, they did so with the belief that he would take over the starting running back job for years to come. Unfortunately, that will have to wait since an MRI test taken on his left knee showed Hardesty suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears, a source confirmed.

Hardesty missed most of training camp with knee problems. It’s also the second time in his playing career that he’s suffered a torn ACL.

Personnel evaluators thought Hardesty was going to be a perfect fit for Cleveland’s power rushing attack, so he’ll have to start all over again next season.

With Hardesty gone, veteran RB Jerome Harrison is expected to remain as the starter with second-year RB James Davis as his likely backup. Davis had a terrific preseason as a rookie last year, but he wound up missing the entire regular season due to a shoulder injury. Davis is thought to be a better power runner than Harrison, who has the better speed of the two backs. Second-year RB Chris Jennings also will be in the mix for some carries.

— Adam Caplan

Texans to release RB; injuries piling up at the position — 12:19 p.m.

While NFL teams do not have to get down to the mandated 53 players until Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET, some players have already been notified that they will be released.

A source said that Houston Texans RB Chris Henry has been told the team plans to waive him. With that pending move, RB Jeremiah Johnson is likely to stay on the roster for a while longer. However, Johnson left Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a dislocated toe.

Unless Houston reconsiders the decision to drop Henry, starter Arian Foster will be the lone healthy back left on the roster.

— Adam Caplan

Ford encouraged by team's development — 12:12 p.m.

William Clay Ford is not making any wild proclamations or bold predictions about the Lions. Ford won’t delude himself into thinking that a three-game winning streak in the exhibition season means the Lions are ready to contend for the NFC North title, but he is optimistic that the franchise is headed in a new direction -- upward.

Full story

— Fox Sports Detroit

Saints' Sharper not giving up hope — 12:06 p.m.

New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has missed training camp and the preseason while recovering from offseason knee surgery, but he hasn’t given up hope of suiting up and playing Week 1.

Full story

— Fox Sports Southwest

Roethlisberger's suspension reduced by two games — 11:21 a.m.

As expected, the six-game suspension for Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy was reduced to four games, the NFL announced Friday. Roethlisberger met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the NFL offices on Friday morning. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello added the reduced suspension is contingent on his continued adherence to the personal conduct policy and Roethlisberger also has no further violations.

Roethlisberger’s was accused of, but not charged with, sexual assault stemming from an off-the-field incident from earlier this year. This is not the first time that Roethlisberger has been accused of wrong doing away from the playing field. In 2009, a former Nevada hotel employee filed a civil suit accusing the quarterback of assaulting her while he was in Nevada for a celebrity golf tournament. That case remains unsolved.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, veteran QB Byron Leftwich, who was his likely fill-in, suffered an injury to his left MCL during Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

If test results show that he suffered a fully torn MCL, that injury could keep Leftwich out for as much as eight weeks. If he’s not available for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, third-year QB Dennis Dixon would likely take over as the temporary starter.

— Adam Caplan

Jones-Drew expects to be back at practice next week — 5:30 a.m.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew expects to be back at practice next week.

Jones-Drew has missed five consecutive practices, didn't travel to Tampa Bay last week and didn't dress for Thursday night's preseason finale against Atlanta.

He denied an Internet report he had arthroscopic knee surgery, but acknowledged that he has been ''taking care of all the nicks and bruises.''

''I wanted to be out there with my teammates, but we felt the best thing for me was rest and rehab and getting my body back right ...'' Jones-Drew said. ''I feel great. I can't wait to get out there and play Denver. They are the first hurdle in our road to success and I can't wait to get out there.''

He called the false report ''a big mess over nothing.''

''There have been some false reports out there about what happened, which is fine,'' Jones-Drew said. ''People are going to speculate, but that is not going to hurt anything that happens with this team. More than anything else guys understand. They want me back, I want to be back, and I will be back on Monday doing everything I need to do to get ready to beat Denver.''

Jones-Drew started every game last season and finished with a career-high 1,391 yards and 15 touchdowns. He carried 312 times and ranked third in the NFL with 365 touches, trailing only Tennessee's Chris Johnson and St. Louis' Steven Jackson.

Coach Jack Del Rio wants to limit his touches this season, with backup Rashad Jennings sharing more of the workload.

AP

September 2 News and Notes

Leftwich leaves game with knee injury — 8:48 p.m.

Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich, expected to start during Ben Roethlisberger's suspension, has injured his left knee during the first half of an exhibition game against Carolina.

Leftwich completed an 18-yard pass to rookie Emmanuel Sanders before being knocked off his feet as running back Mewelde Moore attempted to block safety Marcus Hudson.

The play occurred with 10:25 left in the second quarter Thursday night.

Leftwich was examined by team doctors on a stretcher behind the Steelers' bench, then limped under his own power into a nearby tunnel that leads to the locker room. Team officials said he wouldn't return to the game and that the extent of the injury isn't known at this point.

— The Associated Press

McCoy starting tonight's game for Browns — 7:45 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is starting Cleveland's final exhibition game.

McCoy, who slid to the third round in April's draft before the Browns selected him at No. 85 overall, is expected to play at least one half against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

McCoy's had a shaky preseason up 'til now. The former Texas star's completed 15-of-26 passes, but has just 101 yards and two interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 57.7.

Many believe McCoy isn't in danger of being cut, as the Browns will devote this season to him learning behind Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, but he still needs to look good in order to put any potential fears to bed whatsoever.

— The Associated Press

Titans embattled rookie likely headed to practice squad — 5:58 p.m.

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Titans rookie running back LaGarrette Blount looks to be headed for the team's practice squad rather than the active roster once the regular season arrives.

He's competing with veteran back Samkon Gado for a spot on the Titans, but Gado's a better asset on special teams and knows the offense better at this point, which should give him the edge for now.

Blount's off-field issues are reportedly not a concern of the team's in making this decision, as it's purely football related, and team really likes his upside, so he could end up on the roster at some point.

— FOXSports.com

Safety visits Bengals — 12:11 p.m.

The Cincinnati Bengals, who suffered a few injuries at the safety position recently, had free-agent S Pat Watkins in for a visit on Wednesday, a source said. Watkins was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

Watkins, 27, is capable of playing both safety positions. He dealt with a lingering knee injury which caused him to miss most of training camp.

The tall defensive back (6-5, 220) was selected by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He started 10 games out of the 49 he appeared in over his four years of play.

— Adam Caplan

Brees will skip final preseason game — 11:04 a.m.

Drew Brees will watch from the sidelines Thursday night as the New Orleans Saints close out the preseason against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

Full story

— Fox Sports Southwest

September 1 News and Notes

McCoy will get plenty of PT in preseason finale — 9:19 p.m.

Cleveland Browns third-round pick QB Colt McCoy will get his last chance this preseason to impress his coaches. He’s scheduled to split the snaps with Brett Ratliff during Thursday evening’s home game against the Bears.

McCoy didn't impress practice observers during training camp, and he's shown to have less than ideal arm strength, but personnel sources said he could fit in well next season if the team goes to a West Coast offensive scheme.

McCoy, who was a very accurate passer in college, clearly fits a timing based scheme like the West Coast better than the one he’s playing in currently with the Browns.

— Adam Caplan

Viking QBs constantly fighting for reps — 8:35 p.m.

Once again, Brett Favre's stolen the show in Minnesota and relegated the backup QBs to irrelevance. So, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels try to take advantage of every throw in practice and preseason games, soaking up as much of the playbook as they can in case Favre's record-setting consecutive-games streak suddenly ends.

They're still unproven, one big reason why the Vikings pursued Favre so hard to play for a second straight year. They're each confident in their ability to be a reliable starter in the NFL, though, stuck in that age-old status quo that transcends pro sports into just about every industry in the world.

Can't get the job without the experience. Can't get the experience without the job.

''I chose to play football for a living, so it is what it is. Of course I'd like to get more reps,'' Jackson said, adding: ''I still get better by watching, but it's not the same. I feel like it's time. I'm not getting any younger.''

Jackson has 19 career starts, plus one forgettable playoff game. Rosenfels has 12 career starts with Miami and Houston.

Favre? He's started 24 career games in the playoffs alone. Plus, oh, about 285 regular season ones.

Both Jackson and Rosenfels have, for the most part, kept any frustration to themselves or out of the public realm, but the 32-year-old Rosenfels is five years older than Jackson. He's feeling antsy, too, even if he does his best not to show it.

''I'm just going to keep working and keep fighting and do the best I can,'' Rosenfels said.

The Vikings face a dilemma this weekend, whether to keep flashy rookie Joe Webb and have four quarterbacks on the active roster or try to slip him on the practice squad and take the risk the sixth-round draft pick might be claimed on waivers. Rosenfels is also considered a candidate to be traded.

— The Associated Press

Skins ink backup QB to extension — 7:21 p.m.

The Washington Redskins have signed quarterback John Beck to three-year contract worth $3.35 million.

The deal is essentially a two-year extension and puts Beck under contract through the 2012 season. More importantly, it appears to solidify his spot on the roster as the third-string quarterback. He'd been competing with Richard Bartel for the No. 3 spot behind Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

Beck was acquired August 2 in a trade with the Ravens. He became expendable when the Ravens signed Marc Bulger to be their backup.

Beck was with the Ravens last year and previously spent two seasons with the Dolphins, who drafted him in the second round out of BYU in 2007. He hasn't played in the regular season since his rookie season, when he appeared in five games.

— The Associated Press

Big preseason game for Panthers QBs Cantwell, Pike — 1:19 p.m.

Carolina's starters will barely break a sweat Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Some may not play at all. But while the final week of the NFL preseason has been called everything from a sham to a snoozer as fans pay full price to watch the stars stand on the sidelines wearing baseball caps, it could define several players' careers. It could end some, too.

''It's a big game,'' Panthers rookie quarterback Tony Pike said. ''For me, it's like going into a Super Bowl or something.''

Long after starter Matt Moore plays part of the first quarter against the Steelers and backup Jimmy Clausen perhaps makes a brief appearance, Pike and Hunter Cantwell will take the reigns of Carolina's struggling offense. The guy who plays better could end up with the No. 3 job. The other could be unemployed on Saturday.

''You don't really know what the coaches are thinking and the decisions they've already made,'' said the undrafted Cantwell, who spent most of last season on Carolina's practice squad and hasn't played in a regular season game. ''You just know that every rep is important, not only for the Carolina Panthers in evaluation, but other teams around the league.''

Cantwell entered training camp as Moore's backup, but was quickly overtaken by Clausen, Carolina's second round pick. Cantwell's work in practice then reduced significantly. While the second-year player out of Louisville has a strong arm, the Panthers didn't use a draft pick on him like they did Pike, a sixth-round choice from Cincinnati.

Neither's had much of a chance to do anything in the first three preseason games in which Carolina has yet to score an offensive touchdown. Cantwell's 6-of-17 for 68 yards, while Pike's thrown one pass, an incompletion.

The 6-foot-4 Cantwell may have the best arm on the team. The 6-foot-6 Pike's even bigger, but fell behind in his transformation from a spread offense QB when wasn't allowed to participate in June's organized team activities because classes were still in session at Cincinnati.

It's possible the Panthers may try to stash the quarterback they cut on the practice squad, but that player could also sign with another team. Getting some good tape from Thursday night would help.

''Your last test is Thursday's game,'' Pike said. ''For a third-string quarterback, that might be the last action you see for the year.''

– The Associated Press

Colts look to recover from big loss, face Bengals — 12:41 p.m.

Don't let the record fool you - preseason scores matter to Colts coach Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell said he was embarrassed by the 59-24 loss at Green Bay last Thursday, saying the team should have too much pride to perform so poorly. The franchise allowed its highest preseason point total since surrendering 70 to the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, when the Colts were still in Baltimore.

''It never sits well,'' Caldwell, who has a 1-6 record in preseason games, said. ''To think that we don't pay attention to the scoreboard - we do. We have some pride in how we play. That just shows us we have a lot of work to do.''

While the Green Bay debacle resonated throughout the past week, reserve players will be focused simply on making the team. Caldwell gave them extra incentive on Wednesday, reminding them that past players such as Jeff Saturday, Aaron Moorehead, Dominic Rhodes, Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt and Jamie Silva made the team based on their performances late in the preseason.

''This morning, we went through a couple of scenarios and showed a few film clips of guys that had gotten to the last couple games of the preseason and made everyone stand up and take notice,'' he said. ''We kind of worked our way back through the years through the archives.

''Often times, you can talk about it, but a picture's worth a thousand words.''

Reserves are expected to play most of the game. Caldwell wouldn't say how many positions are up for grabs, but he said Thursday's performances will be key factors in determining who stays.

The Colts would like to see a bit more offense from their reserves. Indy has scored on 7 of 15 possessions this preseason with Peyton Manning leading the way, but on just 3 of 26 without him.

The Colts also will try to figure out which new running backs to keep. Caldwell has been pleased with Moore and Javarris James and says both will get significant action against Cincinnati.

Moore has 52 yards on 10 carries, while James, cousin of former Colts star running back Edgerrin James, has 53 yards on 15 carries.

Caldwell isn't sure how many backs he'll keep behind Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Mike Hart.

– The Associated Press

With cuts looming, Browns try not to sweat — 11:06 a.m.

The temporary lockers are about go back into storage. Tuesday, the maximum roster size across the NFL went from 80 to 75. Saturday, it's going to 53.

Nervous, anyone? Full story

– Fox Sports Ohio

Cowboys WRs still can't get together — 1:51 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Dez Bryant and Roy Williams have now gone more than one month without practicing together. Full story

– Fox Sports Southwest

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