Tag:David Binn
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 5:20 pm
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NFL cuts: Teams down to 80 by Tuesday afternoon

Posted by Will Brinson

Throughout Monday and Tuesday, teams will be scrambling to get their rosters down to 80 players before the league-imposed deadline of 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. (Teams must be down to a 53-man roster before Saturday.)

There will be lots of names you've never heard of and/or don't know, but that's OK. We'll track those various cuts here anyway, so feel free to bookmark this page and come back early and often to keep up-to-date on who your team's getting rid of.

-- Tuesday --
  • The Redskins announced that one of their cuts to get to 80 was waiving injured receiver Malcolm Kelly. The team also released offensive lineman Corey O'Daniel, defensive back Dante Barnes, defensive back Tyrone Grant and tight end Joe Torchia.
  • The Chargers announced they have released long snapper David Binn -- the longest-tenured player in team history. Said general manager A.J. Smith in a statement: "This was a hard decision; one of our most difficult. David has been the ultimate professional. He’s a team-first guy and a perfectionist at his craft. His hard work and dedication made him one of the best long snappers ever to play the game." Binn played 17 years for San Diego.
  • The Chiefs announced that they put offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan on injured reserve and cut kicker Todd Carter.
  • The Seahawks announced that they cut defensive tackle Jay Alford and safety Rickey Thenarse to get to the 80-man roster limit.
  • The Bills announced Tuesday that they cut linebacker Brad Jefferson, putting them at 80 players on the roster.
  • The Packers announced that they released wide reciever Antonio Robinson and that they'll have two more roster cuts coming some time Tuesday in order to get to 80.
  • The Steelers announced they've gotten down to 80 players on Tuesday morning, by cutting linebacker Chris Ellis, wide receiver Terrence McCrae, cornerback Niles Brinkley and defensive tackle Anthony Gray.
  • The Lions informed fullback Jerome Felton that they were cutting him on Tuesday. [NFL Network]
-- Monday --
  • The Seahawks have released receiver Chris Carter, cornerback Jesse Hoffman, linebacker Neal Howey, guard Zach Hurd, receiver Brandon Smith, fullback Ryan Travis, defensive tackle Teryl White and receiver Patrick Williams.
  • The Titans waived defensive tackle Jovan Haye, safety Nick Schommer, quarterback Brett Ratliff, fullback Patrick Hills, receiver Owen Spencer, linebackers Jonathan Cornell and Kevin Malast, punter Chad Cunningham and long snapper John Stokes.
  • The Jaguars cut quarterback Todd Bouman, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson and wideout Greg Ellingson.
  • The Patriots surprised lots of folks when they cut safety James Sanders on Monday. Additionally, they have reportedly cut wide receivers Tyree Barnes and Darnell Jenkins, running back Eric Kettani, and defensive end Clay Nurse. [Boston Herald]
  • The Cowboys cut center Andre Gurode, which should save them about $5.5 million in salary. [DallasCowboys.com]
  • The Bears officially have cut defensive linemen Vernon Gholston and Tank Tyler, quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, center J.C. Brignone and linebacker Tanner Antle. Those cuts got them to the 80-man roster, so they don't have to cut Chester Taylor today, though it's believed it'll happen Monday afternoon.
  • The Bears have reportedly already informed running back Chester Taylor that he's been cut. The lesson as always? Don't complain about playing time. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Chiefs waived seven players on Monday, they announced. Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, running back Tervaris Johnson, defensive backs Javes Lewis and Mario Russell, and wide receivers Chandler Williams, Josue Paul and Chris Manno were all cut.
  • The Broncos announced seven cuts on Monday afternoon: running back C.J. Gable, cornerback Nate Jones, linebackers Braxton Kelley and Deron Mayo, offensive linemen Curt Porter and Shawn Murphy and defensive lineman David Veikune.
  • The Lions announced that they cut eight players on Monday morning: wide receiver Demario Ballard, running back Mike Bell, tight end Richard Dickson, linebacker DeJuan Fulgham, wide receiver Marcus Harris, defensive back Michael Johnson, kicker Dave Rayner and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley.
  • The Vikings cut 10 players on Monday morning, including quarterback Rhett Bomar, on Monday morning. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Steelers announced that they're down to 84 on Monday, having cut tight end Vaughn Charlton, cornerback Kevin Dockery, wide receiver Eric Greenwood, wide receiver Kenneth Moore and tight end Miguel Chavis.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:19 pm
 

5 questions (or more) with Chargers LS Mike Windt

M. Windt was released from Cincinnati in the preseason but recently signed with San Diego (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Mike Windt is lucky No. 5. As in the fifth long-snapper to play this year for the Chargers. First, it was longtime veteran David Binn going on IR. Soon after, James Dearth and Ryan Neill followed Binn to the season-ending list. Lastly, San Diego released Ethan Albright and signed Windt, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Cincinnati. Fresh out of college, Windt staged a position battle with returning Bengals LS Clark Harris, who eventually beat out Windt.

Now, Windt has begun his career in San Diego, and he couldn’t be more pleased.

We spoke to Windt this week about being a rookie free agent who’s out of work, why he never lost confidence in his abilities to play in the league and about how close he came to chucking his football career to become a fire fighter.

Previous Five Questions (or More):

Oct. 22:
Bengals WR coach Mike Sheppard

Oct. 15: Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong

Oct. 8:
Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich

Oct. 1: Kent Babb of the KC Star

Sept. 24: Texans WR Kevin Walter

Sept. 17: former Bengals, Titans DT John Thornton

Sept. 11: Seahawks RB Leon Washington

1. CBSSports: You were signed by the Chargers earlier this month. Considering they’ve gone through four other long snappers this year, it must be a quite a relief for you finally to get your chance.

Mike Windt: Yeah, when you get into the season, every special teams coach in the country will tell you the same thing. If somebody goes down, they want somebody experienced to back that person up. That’s what they did. That’s what (San Diego special teams coach Steve) Crosby did. He had Dave (Binn) go down, and he brought in the next best experienced guy. They just kept going through the experience pool. But they gave me an opportunity to come out and work out. I wish they had done it five weeks earlier, but honestly, if it was Week 14 or Week 16, I’d still be really happy.

CBS:
What has the past six or seven weeks been like for you after the Bengals cut you?

Windt:
It’s the most stressful time of your life. The day I got released from Cincinnati, it was not a god day. Getting released from your hometown team, it’s different. It was stressful. I knew the situation I was in. My agent explained it to me. They said after I was cut that it was going to be a couple weeks, because I didn’t have any experience. They told me not to do anything with other situations, get a job anywhere else. There are other football leagues out there, but I just didn’t want to do that. I knew I wanted to play in the NFL for a long, long time. But the only way to do that is to play in the NFL, and you have to keep yourself available. For about six weeks, it was a stressful time, knowing everybody else out there is doing their job. You’re watching every game, and seeing if anybody screws up. You don’t hope the worst for anyone, but it’s kind of hard not to hope somebody screws up.

About two weeks after I got cut, I had a workout. And then I had a workout every week until San Diego. I was actually at another workout when San Diego called to work me out. I had to fly out the next day to work out for San Diego. It kind of happened really fast, but I’m really happy. I came out here and I haven’t left yet.

2. CBS: After talking to you midway through Bengals training camp, I knew you were pretty confident in winning that job that Clark Harris eventually took. Did you think that was your job?

Windt: I was so confident that it was my job. That’s why it was such a hard thing to get released. For some reason, I knew I was going to have that job. In the competition part of it, it was a close match. You saw Clark in the preseason, and he’s gotten so much better from last season through training camp. He’s a great guy. I haven’t got anything against Clark. He’s hilarious. But we’re going after the same job, and there’s going to be some animosity. When it came down to that job in Cincinnati, if you would have asked me in the middle of training camp if I had that job, I would have said yes 100 percent. But they wanted experience.

CBS: They want experience, but how do you get experience if you can’t get into the league in the first place?

Windt: Exactly. Dave has been here 17 years, but he was a rookie at some point, too.

3. CBS: I’ve talked to people before who were rookies who had been cut from their original team. They constantly had to stay ready, because at any point during the season, a team could call you in for a workout and you’d have to be on a plane the next morning. How did you deal with that?

Windt:
It’s a mental rollercoaster, I can say that. When I figured I got in and established myself with the Bengals, everybody said you have to mentally deal with it. At the time, I thought it was the mental part of doing my job – dealing with the pressure and all that. They didn’t mean mental that way. They meant mental if something bad happened in my career, it’s how you bounced back. How was I going to respond to being released from my hometown team? What I did was that I told myself on that first day after I got released that I was going to take my day off. I went and played golf and hung out with some friends. After that, you wait.

You work out every day. I was down at the University of Cincinnati every day and I was working out with my college weight coaches. Every day I’d come in, and they’d say, ‘You hear anything?’ It gets annoying to a point. ‘If I hear something, you’ll hear it too.’ You just work out every day, and at the end of the day, you hope you got a call. Finally, I started getting calls. The good thing about that is that whether you get that job or not, every other team knows you worked out for that team. Your name gets out there.

4. CBS:
Had you lived in Cincinnati all your life?

Windt: Please?

CBS:
Ha, that’s how I know you have lived in Cincinnati all your life. Only the people in Cincinnati say “Please?” when what they mean is “What did you just say?” How is now not living in Cincinnati for the first time ever?

Windt: It all happened so fast, you can’t really explain it. The transition itself was really easy, because of Mike Scifres, our punter, and Nate Kaeding, our kicker. They helped me out with everything I needed. (Former Bengals backup QB) J.T. O’Sullivan was a huge part of it, too. When I got there, I had forgotten that he was out here playing now. He’s lived here for years. He’s been a huge help in helping me get around the city, helping me figure out where to live. Living out here, the weather is awesome. It’s 75 and sunny all the time. It’s a lot different from Cincinnati. Everybody from Cincinnati was calling me yesterday – (Bengals punter and former University of Cincinnati teammate) Kevin Huber and (Bengals TE) Chase Coffman, and they’re asking me what I’m doing. ‘Hey, I’m laying out in the sun by the pool.’ They said, ‘Yeah, we're having tornado warnings out here.’

5. CBS: I’m not sure if we’ve ever talked about this before, but you thought about becoming a fire fighter when you were done with high school. Tell me about that. How far did you get in the process?

Windt: When you go to a high school like I went to in Cincinnati (Elder), you can compare it to Texas high school football. Elder is everything to the West Side (of Cincinnati). If you have a personality like me and you want to get your life started, I didn’t want anything to do with football. I wanted to get a career started and settle down. We won two state championships, and I was like, ‘How much better can it get?’ I went through EMT training. I was going to be an intern for the Cincinnati fire department, and I was in the middle of that whole process. But I just really needed to play football again. So, I got on with the University of Cincinnati and went from there.

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