Tag:2011 NFL cuts
Posted on: August 27, 2011 2:58 pm
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It's official: there are no Palmers left in Cincy

J. Palmer, C. PalmerPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In a move that shouldn’t have surprised anybody, the Bengals officially have made themselves 100 percent Palmer-free. That’s because the team announced today that it’s waived backup quarterback Jordan Palmer -- who you might know better as Carson’s brother.

Jordan Palmer, who had been the No. 3 quarterback in Cincinnati since signing with the team in 2008 until last season, became Carson’s backup last year, and in four regular-season appearances during his Bengals career, he completed 10 of 15 passes for 59 yards and three interceptions.

But with the drafting of Andy Dalton in the second round and with the signing of Bruce Gradkowski -- not to mention all the offseason drama between the Bengals and Carson -- it seemed pretty clear Jordan’s days in Cincinnati were coming to a close.

He barely played this preseason, and a couple weeks ago, I asked if the Bengals were screwing with Jordan.

Here was my conclusion:

“The question: would the management take out its frustration with Carson on Jordan? My opinion: I kind of doubt it. If the Bengals release Jordan Palmer -- who had designs on winning the starting job in June -- it would probably be because he simply hasn’t shown the team enough since 2008 to qualify for even a third-string QB position. I'd also like to think the Bengals have a little more class than meanly shoving out Jordan just to get back at Carson.”

Part of the reason I asked the question in the first place was because of the rumor that the Bengals wouldn’t give Jordan reps and then would cut him too late for him to sign with another team. Now that the Bengals have cut him to get down to 80 players on the roster with still a little bit of time left in the preseason, meaning it’s not too late for him to sign with somebody else theoretically, it seems the answer to my original question of the Bengals screwing Jordan is “probably not.”

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:54 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Saints release starting RT Jon Stinchcomb

J. Stinchcomb was cut by New Orleans (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year, Andy Benoit and I had quite a debate about whether Saints starting RT Jon Stinchcomb should be included on a top-five list of all the NFL tackles. I said yes. Andy ridiculed me for that, writing, “If putting Stinchcomb on your list is meant as a joke, that’s funny. If you’re being serious, that’s even funnier.”

I was serious, but apparently, Saints coach Sean Payton leans more toward Andy’s way of thinking.

That’s because, as Rapid Reporter Larry Holder writes, Payton released Stinchcomb on Monday, ending his eight-season tenure in New Orleans.

The reason: as Payton said, via the New Orleans Times Picayune, the Saints wanted to try out younger players like Zach Strief and Charles Brown. Though Payton considered keeping Stinchcomb, who was due to make $2.25 million this year, ultimately he wanted to give more reps to the younger players.

"It's hard,” Strief said after practice, via the Saints official site. “It's like someone telling you that you get something you always wanted but at the detriment to your brother."

Said QB Drew Brees: "One of the greatest teammates I've ever had. Obviously he's going to be missed."

And I’m pretty sure Stinchcomb won’t be on anybody’s top-five list this year.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:57 am
 

John Kasay pens heartfelt letter to fans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

John Kasay spent 16 years with the Panthers as their place-kicker, but last week, he was released in favor of the team signing Olindo Mare. But Kasay doesn’t have hard feelings to the squad he joined in 1995. Instead, as he prepares to continue on with his life, he was determined to let the city of Charlotte know how he and his family feel about it.

So, he dropped off a letter at the Charlotte Observer’s office for columnist Scott Fowler, and he asked Fowler to disseminate the letter to as many people as possible. In short, it’s an awesome note.

Writes Kasay:

Dear Panther fans,

I wanted to personally write this letter to every Carolina Panther fan. Words cannot express how truly thankful my family and I are for the most wonderful 16 years of our lives.

We came to the Panthers as a young family with a 3-month-old baby. We leave with 4 children, 2 of whom are in high school. In between, you have loved and cheered and blessed us way more than we ever deserved. The only thing I could offer in return was the promise that I would try my best, every day, to make you proud.

Thank you for your encouragement when I failed. Thank you for the celebrations when we won. And most of all, thank you for letting me leave with a treasure trove of memories that time cannot erase.

It is my hope that the greatest years in Panthers history are still to come. A franchise decorated with numerous Lombardi Trophies. Dozens of Hall of Fame players. And a region that swells with pride whenever they speak of their beloved Panthers.

It has been a tremendous privilege to live in Charlotte, to play for the Carolina Panthers, and to be able to share my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL with all of you.

I pray that this will be a wonderful season and we will all get to watch the Panthers return to their rightful place as one of the most feared teams in the NFL.

May God bless you. Thank you again for the memories.

Blessings,

John Kasay


Very cool way to say thanks and goodbye to the people who watched you for the last decade and a half.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Ty Warren cut by Patriots, is 'moving on'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots are making moves, folks. There's a pair of little trades you may have heard about over the past few days that saw them acquire Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. And then Friday, there was the release of several big-name veterans.

The Pats announced that they've cut Tully Banta-Cain (as reported/expected), Alge Crumpler, Tony Carter, Ryan Coulson, Marcus Stroud, Nick Kaczur and, most surprisingly, defensive lineman Ty Warren.

The team also announced that they've signed third-round pick Ryan Mallett and fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon.

Warren is obviously the biggest surprise there, and while early speculation seemed to be that he might return to the Patriots on a lesser deal, his statement to the Boston Herald on Friday afternoon tells a very different story.

"I appreciate the Pats through the years," Warren said. "They're doing some things defensively and choose to go in a different direction. I thank the Krafts for the opportunity and drafting me in 2003. It was a pleasure.

"I will be moving on to bigger and better things. We are sorting out and will look forward to wearing a contending NFL team jersey this fall."

Warren was slated to make just south of $6 million in 2011 (thought that wasn't his cap number), missed the entire 2010 season due to injury and appeared headed to the PUP list to start the season.

So it's entirely possible he and Crumpler return at cheaper prices. However, according to Charean Williams of the Dallas Star-Telegram, Warren is interested in "returning home to play for the Cowboys or Texans."

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:39 am
 

The biggest releases of the day

WeaverPosted by Josh Katzowitz

We had some surprising, and plenty of not so surprising, names who were released today, the first day teams could actually waive players.

Here are a few of the most-significant pink slips handed out today (we already told you about Vince Young and Tennessee here and the Baltimore guys who have been cut and the Dallas players who are gone).

-Former Vikings S Madieu Williams: He didn’t play well last year, and he’s teetering on being a bubble player in the league. Although Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier originally said he wanted to see what Williams would do in training camp, he ultimately decided not to find out. The fact Williams was supposed to make $5.4 million this year didn’t help his chances.

-Former Saints CB Randall Gay: After missing most of last season while dealing with the effects of a concussion, New Orleans released Gay. He would have cost New Orleans $5 million, and considering he was stuck behind Tracy Porter on the depth chart, this seemed like an easy call.

-Former Eagles FB Leonard Weaver: The former Pro Bowler was caught off guard by this move. This is what he wrote in a series of tweets (sics, of course, apply): “Hey there eagles nation, I'm sorry to say but I just found out I was released by the Eagles. … The kicker behind that is that the organization didn't call me and tell me. I had to find out by a reporter. … Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would atleast call... And Let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years fans, business is business. …However I wish the best for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

-Former Chiefs G Brian Waters: He was a Kansas City mainstay for more than a decade, and the news of his release was met by sadness from some of the city’s media. Said Waters, who played 163 games in a Kansas City uniform: “The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City."

-Former Giants RB Tiki Barber: I know it’s hard to believe, but for some reason, New York severed ties with the former NBC broadcaster.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Vince Young officially released by Titans

Posted by Will Brinson

We all knew that it was coming, and we all knew that it was likely coming on "Bloody Thursday" (the NFL's waiver wire opened his afternoon), but now it's official: Vince Young is no longer a Titan, having been released by Tennessee.

"We reached out to Vince, Tony [Brown] and their agents today to inform them of their release," Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement released by the team. "As we have said since January, it was time for us to go in a different direction at quarterback and we have done that. As for Tony, his body just hasn’t allowed him to play like he has in the past despite his best efforts.

"Both of these players have been productive for us, and we appreciate their contributions to our team through the years."

The immediate speculation circulating for Young's next landing spot centers on the Eagles, who recently traded Kevin Kolb, as Philadelphia could certainly be in the market for a project-type quarterback with upside to backup Michael Vick. (Our own Clark Judge agrees, having floated the idea out there earlier on Twitter.)

After that, people will wonder if Young could end up with the Dolphins, who are clearly in the market for a quarterback, being heavily rumored as suitors for Denver's Kyle Orton.

In fact, Young might be the red herring that brings Orton's price down -- if Miami can convince Denver that they'll walk away from Orton and just go with Young, it's entirely possible the Broncos could drop the price on their would-be starter.

Regardless, it's clear that Young's potential future success has many folks divided. But that won't keep him from getting a shot somewhere.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:44 am
 

Report: Titans set to cut Vince Young

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though this won’t come as a surprise to just about everybody who follows the NFL -- you know, because of Matt Hasselbeck signing -- the Titans will waive QB Vince Young on Thursday. That’s according to TitanInsider.com’s Terry McCormick.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out the other day, the Titans have to cut Young as soon as possible so they don’t have to pay him his $4.25 million roster bonus.

And now we wonder where Young will be headed.

Not Seattle and, obviously, not Tennessee. Probably not Minnesota, considering that’s probably where Donovan McNabb is headed. Where does that leave him? Miami or Arizona, perhaps? Maybe Washington?

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