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NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 10:15 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Getting to 53
On Tuesday, teams had to cut their roster size from 90 to 80, and while some interesting names were axed.

Included among them werelong-time San Diego long snapper David Binn, Cowboys center Andre Gurode and draft bust Vernon Gholston), and more are sure to come today.

So keep an eye on this post, where we’ll highlight the biggest names who get pink-slipped; at some point, somebody surprising is going to lose his job.

  • Though we're unsure what he did, is reporting that free agent running back Dominic Rhodes has been suspended by the commissioner for at least one year.
  • Browns running back Brandon Jackson has been placed on the IR list and will miss the season.
  • Receiver Donnie Avery has announced, via his Twitter page, that he's been released by the Rams. Wrote Avery: "Its been real St.Louis. I had a good 3 years. The feelings were mutual. We both thought I need a fresh start somewhere else. #NoHardFeelings"
  • The Titans have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Packers for Quinn Johnson. The move is likely in response to the four-game suspension of Tennessee fullback Ahmard Hall.
  • The Jets announce they've traded defensive back Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for an unconditional draft pick. The Jets also have received guard Caleb Schlauderaff from the Packers for an unconditional draft pick.
  • Apparently, the Texans are planning on scoring a lot this year. They've released Brad Maynard, the only punter on the roster.
  • With the Cowboys shaving their roster to 53, kicker Shayne Graham has had the pleasure of being cut twice this preseason.
  • The Jaguars have placed backup running back Rashad Jennings on the IR list with a knee injury.
  • The Dolphins have cut cornerback Will Allen and running back Larry Johnson, according to the Miami Herald. Allen had restructured his contract and took about a $4 million paycut in base pay for 2010, but still, that wasn't enough to save him a spot on the squad. Miami could bring him back at another reduced rate.
  • According to, the Raiders have parted ways with cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Walter McFadden.
  • Though numerous reports said the Patriots were trying to trade defensive back Brandon Meriweather, he has been cut by the team. Also, in a bit of a surprise, New England has released receiver Brandon Tate.
  • Bears tight end Desmond Clark has confirmed that he's been released. Writes Clark on his Twitter page: "I played my butt off but sometimes it's more about the business. That's what it boiled down to."
  • The Broncos have announced they've also released receiver David Anderson and defensive tackle Jeremy Jarmon.
  • According to his agent, the Patriots have released veteran running back Sammy Morris.
  • Dan Orlovsky, in contention with Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins, to back up Peyton Manning, has been cut by the Colts.
  • The 49ers have cut quarterback Josh McCown. Here's what he'll do next, according to CSN Bay Area. "I'd love to come back," McCown said. "As for right now, I'm headed home to coach (high school football in North Carolina) and will continue to stay ready."
  • With plenty of personal baggage and a terrible end to the preseason, the Broncos have cut cornerback Perrish Cox, writes Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer.
  • Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner reports that Cincinnati has cut Max Jean-Gilles. A bit of a surprise considering Jean-Gilles was reportedly competing for a starting job. He simply didn't have a great camp.
  • The Colts have released Tommie Harris. You'll recall the Colts gave him a one-year deal after the Bears cut him in February. Though Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler, his projection has been hurt by numerous injuries in the past few seasons.
  • The Eagles have released receiver Sinorice Moss.
  • A bum hamstring has done in Titans defensive lineman Jacob Ford. He has been waived/injured.
  • New England has released defensive lineman Eric Moore -- who, at one point, seemed a pretty safe bet to make the squad.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune writes that Chargers receivers Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington are gone.
  • The Newark Star Ledger has declared Steve Weatherford the winner in the Giants punting competition. That means Matt Dodge will be released, despite a solid preseason.
  • According to his agent, Brandon Ghee, a 2010 third-round pick for the Bengals in 2010, has been cut by Cincinnati.
  • The Broncos have released tight end Dante Rosario. He's probably surprised, considering he played the last four years for John Fox in Carolina.
  • The Gronkowski family suffered a double-whammy, as PFT reports that Dan and Chris will be released from the Lions and Cowboys, respectively.
  • Two years ago, the Cowboys gave Igor Olshansky a four-year deal worth $18 million (with $8 million in guarantees). Today, according to ESPN, the Cowboys have released him.
  • According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens will release linebacker Tavares Gooden, despite holding trade talks with the 49ers at one point.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears running back Chester Taylor has been informed he’s been cut. Again. For real, this time. We think.
  • With the Saints maintaining a good depth of running backs (Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas), the team has placed Chris Ivory on the physically unable to perform list. After six weeks, when he’s eligible to return, New Orleans will have to make a decision about which running back is most expendable.
  • The Rams have cut 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. He obviously wasn’t stellar in St. Louis, but the scribes will miss him because of his immense interview skills. As an example, this is what he tweeted when he found out the news: “Jus got released isshhh is getting real na ugh!!!!”

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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:17 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Well at least we agree on one thing CTur31. Your front office is a joke. As for Jay quitting? I don't give a shit if he gets sacked 100 times you dont quit on your team and he did. You can't deny it. Favre got the crap knocked out of him all year too and he didnt give up. Well....maybe i shouldnt even put jay in Bret class anyway.  No comparison. Brett is a man and jay is a girl with a good spiral. I dont have any type of social network you schmuck so shut up about that. 

Chester got cut because he was making to much money. Fact. He was also the best blocking rb you had. Jay will continue to get sacked alot. Good luck 

You are getting worse with each post.  Jay Cutler was hurt.  He did come out and play the 1st series in the 3rd. He could not push off his leg.  I don't know about you, but I want my NFL QB to be able to push off his leg when he throws the ball in the NFC Championship Game or any game for that matter. Not sure who Bret is, but Brett Favre if your talking about last year, he was terrible.  He should have retired a long time before.  Brett Favre is also the one that threw a horrible interception in the NFC Championship game the year before against the Saints.  The Vikings would have won that game had Favre not thrown that pass.  If you want to compare Jay Cuter to the 1990's Brett Favre I agree with you.  Other than that just stop talking.  By they way I think you might be the schmuck and Chester Taylor made all his money last year.  He would have cost the Bears hardly anything this year.  He was cut because he was really BAD! Know the facts before you speak!

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:30 am

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Who is Vernon Gholston gonna blame now? Guy had the nerve to knock the Jets for not giving him a real chance. If he hadn't been a 1st rounder he would have been cut as a rookie. Go get a heart and some desire, and try to make a team next year.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:15 am

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

guys, what happened to the message boards being on the bottom of the home page? it isn't there anymore for me... little help how to get it back? football in 5 days les go

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:45 am

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Shorter off season this year equals tougher to make a team. Next year look out, the way I see it 2 draft years worth of talent in one full off season.

Look out alot of diamonds in the ruff in the free agent market.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:07 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Let's get some of these corners GIANTS!! Desmond Clark would be nice too. 

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:05 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

I'd love to see the GMEN pick up Meriweather, have 3 U boys, ROLLE, MERIWEATHER, & PHILLIPS  =  DA U!!!!

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