NFL roster cut tracker: Updates on big-name players being released

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When are the final cuts for NFL?

The NFL's final roster cut deadline will occur at 4 p.m. ET on August 31. At that point, all NFL teams must have no more than 53 players on their active rosters. Currently, teams are allowed to carry up to 90 players. Sporting NewsWhen are NFL roster cuts 2021? Deadline date, rules, practice squad salary & more to know

When do teams have to cut to 53?

NFL teams are required to trim their rosters from 80 to the final 53 by 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 31. Keep track of the biggest cuts, trades, news and notes from The Athletic's NFL writers as rosters continue to be shaped and the 2021 regular season approaches. theathletic.com2021 NFL roster cuts news and updates: Patriots release Cam Newton ahead of Tuesday deadline

NFL practice squad salaries: Minimum salary, rules & more to know for 2021

Sporting News 31 August, 2021 - 12:00pm

As disappointing as it is to be cut, it's often not the end of the line. Each NFL team carries with it a practice squad of players that aren't on the active roster but still train, prepare and, yes, practice with the 53-man roster. These units provide key depth for teams and allow young players to hone their crafts working with NFL teams.

The rules surrounding the practice squad used to be complex, but in recent seasons, the NFL has relaxed them a bit to create more opportunities for a wider variety of players. The primary goal of these units is still to develop young talent, but the league has made room for veterans under its relatively new system.

What are the practice squad rules for 2021? And who is eligible to be on one? Here's everything you need to know about practice squads as NFL teams get ready to form them once again.

For the second consecutive year, NFL teams will be allowed to carry 16 players on their practice squads in 2021. Previously, practice squad sizes had been limited to just 10 players. Initially, the league planned a practice squad expansion to 12 players in 2020 (with a second expansion to 14 coming in 2022), but they increased the allotment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 16-player practice squad provided teams with roster flexibility and an opportunity to keep more players familiar with the system. That proved crucial during the COVID-impacted campaign, and as such, the league kept practice squad sizes at 16 for 2021.

There are a few practice-squad rules related to service time.

Players on NFL practice squads usually fall into the following categories. They are:

NFL teams have no limit on the amount of these players that can be on the practice squad. However, teams are also allowed to keep a handful of slightly more experienced players around. These rules were added recently to allow teams to keep some veteran talent and depth around outside of the active roster.

There are, however, limited on those players, which are as follows:

That's why some recognizable players, like Josh McCown and Theo Riddick, have spent time on practice squads in recent seasons. Teams now have the flexibility needed to keep them around without using active roster spots.

Only two practice squad players will be eligible to play in NFL games on a weekly basis. NFL teams are allowed to promote two players to the active roster for game days to expand the gameday roster to 55. This can occur any time before the official actives/inactives list is released 90 minutes before the game.

However, the other 14 players will not be on the active roster and, as a result, will not be able to play. And NFL teams aren't obligated to promote players from the practice squad either, so they can opt to keep their gameday rosters at 53. Only 48 players are active for NFL games.

Practice squad players are eligible to sign with other NFL teams but only if they are signed to another team's 53-man roster. There are no practice squad to practice squad transactions.

NFL teams can also sign their own practice squad players to their 53-man roster. They just have to open up a roster spot to do so.

There are two NFL practice squad salary scales. The first group is comprised of rookies and players with two or fewer accrued seasons. The second is for the NFL veterans with no limit to the accrued seasons under their belts.

The first group is set to be paid $9,200 a week in 2020. This is up from $8,400 a week in 2020 and will continue to rise on a yearly basis through the duration of the NFL and NFLPA's CBA deal in 2030.

Below are the weekly salaries of players with two or fewer accrued seasons through 2030.

The second group is paid more than the first group, as these players often have a lot of NFL experience under their belts. Right now, each player is receiving a fixed weekly salary, but beginning in 2022, their salaries will be within a negotiable price range.

Here's a look at those contract values through 2030.

Practice squad contracts do not include guaranteed salaries, bonuses or incentives. They are entirely about the weekly check.

That said, if a player is promoted to the active roster for game day, they will receive a prorated cut of the minimum annual salary for a player with his number of accrued seasons. In 2020, that was 1/17 of the minimum. It seems likely to change to 1/18 of the minimum in 2021 due to the NFL's change to a 17-game, 18-week schedule.

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Early Roster Cuts That Might Interest the New York Giants

NYGiantsmaven 31 August, 2021 - 08:33am

New York acknowledged their offensive line woes by trading defensive lineman B.J. Hill and a conditional seventh-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for interior offensive lineman Billy Price. 

The Giants may still look at other offensive linemen, but other position groups on this team lack depth. There were several players waived/terminated around the NFL. Here's a list of six that may pique the Giant's interest.

The 30-year-old tackle has over 4,500 career snaps. He is an experienced veteran who isn't spry in the legs anymore but has played a lot of effective football in his career. The Cardinals recently released Schofield, who has given up 174 pressures and 24 sacks in 2,862 pass-rushing snaps.

He's played most of his career for the Chargers and the Broncos. Schofield was only adequate last season with the Chargers but has had several solid seasons of play in the past. After the struggles displayed on Sunday by each of the three Giants' offensive tackles, adding a veteran like Schofield doesn't sound like a terrible move.

Depending on Evan Engram's injury severity, the Giants may have to add depth to their tight end room. There weren't many tight ends released before the Tuesday cutdown date, but Hemingway stood out. He was a sixth-round pick by the Rams in 2016 out of South Carolina State. 

He's bounced around the league a bit, but he provides excellent size at 6'5, 250, and a solid athletic profile. He's not known for his blocking prowess, but he's still only 28-years-old, and the Giants are getting thin at tight end. Hemingway could be a player to investigate.

Weaver was an excellent linebacker for the University of Cal, but he was always athletically limited. His production was insane in college; Weaver had 407 tackles, 23.5 for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and 11 passes defended in four seasons. Weaver was all over the football field in college, which led him to be a sixth-round selection by the Arizona Cardinals. He's 6'2, 237 pounds, with marginal athletic testing.

Weaver would be a solid addition on early downs. A player that can bring solid physicality and great competitive toughness, but you wouldn't want in sub-packages due to athletic limitations.

The Buffalo Bills released the 6'2, 200-pound 26-year-old cornerback ahead of final cutdowns. Harris isn't an ideal option in man coverage, but he has zone experience and length. Harris was a 2019 sixth-round pick out of the University of Virginia, where he had 17 pass breakups in college, where he was in school for a Van Wilder type of tenure.

He's not going to solve the Giants' issues at boundary cornerback if something happened to James Bradberry or Adoree Jackson, but he would be depth behind Rodarius Williams.

The Las Vegas Raiders recently released the former Philadelphia Eagle. The Texans picked him up, and now they're reportedly releasing him as well. There could be some issue with Douglas, but he still makes this list with that uncertainty. Douglas, a key rookie for the Eagles' lone Super Bowl victory, is only 25-years-old.

He's a long physical cornerback whose skill-set translates to a more zone-heavy cover three scheme. He's not the most fluid cornerback, so man coverage might not be his strong suit. The Giants could look to Douglas for depth. He would join Logan Ryan and Jabrill Peppers as New Jersians in the Giants' secondary room; Douglas is a native of East Orange.

Crosby could be the most interesting on this list. He’s a 25-year-old with over 1,000 snaps in his short career. The fifth-round pick seemed like a solid player from everything I’ve seen. He reportedly missed a lot of training camp recovering from a hamstring injury, and he is just recently getting up to speed.

He has good size and length as well. Crosby has given up 45 pressures and seven sacks through 742 pass-blocking snaps. If his injury situation checks out, the Giants may want to look towards Crosby as possible depth with some upside. 

Giants should target these 3 positions on waiver wire after roster cuts — and they’re not done with O-Line even after Bengals trade

NJ.com 31 August, 2021 - 06:15am

The Giants will cut their roster to 53 players before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but that won’t necessarily be their final 53. Before Week 1, the Giants will likely still make more moves.

They can (and likely will) clear roster spots by putting players on injured reserve after the initial cuts. Rookie outside linebacker Elerson Smith and wide receiver John Ross are real candidates for that. Then, depending on their injury severity, other possibilities for injured reserve would include tight end Evan Engram and defensive tackle Danny Shelton.

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Roster cuts get started in NFL

AL.com 30 August, 2021 - 09:19pm

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Brontae Harris intercepts a pass during an NFL preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Aug. 21, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.AP Photo/Ashley Landis

NFL teams must have their active rosters reduced to 53 players by 3 p.m. CDT Tuesday after playing over the weekend with up to 80 players available.

The cuts started on Sunday and Monday. But only 75 players left NFL active rosters on those two days, according to the NFL’s official transaction report, leaving almost 800 players to be purged on Tuesday.

The transaction report included six players from Alabama high schools and colleges:

· The Arizona Cardinals waived guard Shaq Calhoun (Restoration Academy).

· The Houston Texans waived linebacker Tae Davis (Oxford). If he is not claimed on Tuesday, Davis will revert to Houston’s injured reserve after being waived with an injury designation.

· The Miami Dolphins waived wide receiver Robert Foster (Alabama). Foster was not on Miami’s active roster. He was waived last week with an injury designation and landed on the Dolphins’ injured reserve after going unclaimed. On Monday, he was waived from injured reserve with an injury settlement. An injury settlement is an agreement between a player on injured reserve and his team that allows them to part ways immediately. Usually, the settlement pays a player for the number of regular-season games that his injury is likely to keep him sidelined. If Foster clears waivers this time, he will be a free agent.

· The Los Angeles Rams waived cornerback Brontae Harris (Cullman, UAB). An undrafted rookie, Harris led the Rams by playing 132 defensive snaps in three preseason games. He recorded 14 tackles and intercepted a pass.

· The Los Angeles Chargers waived long snapper Cole Mazza (Alabama). If he is not claimed on Tuesday, Mazza will revert to Los Angeles’ injured reserve after being waived with an injury designation. Mazza has served as the Chargers’ long snapper for the past two seasons, but he sustained a shoulder injury this preseason.

· The Minnesota Vikings waived running back Ito Smith (McGill-Toolen). After spending his first three NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Smith played for the Cardinals and the Vikings this month in preseason games. Signed by Minnesota on Tuesday, Smith played 25 offensive snaps in the Vikings’ preseason finale on Friday. He ran for 27 yards on 10 carries and caught an 8-yard pass.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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