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Horse Tracks - 9/5/10 - NFL Roster Cuts Edition


Shaping Broncos' roster creates bunch of dead money - The Denver Post
Coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Brian Xanders admitted their own mistakes Saturday in making final cuts to the Broncos' roster. Now, if the Broncos' football operation bosses can do something about their initial player evaluation process.

Broncos' Ayers planning to shine - The Denver Post
There are many who believe Robert Ayers absolutely has to have a huge season for the Broncos.

Kiszla: McDaniels' mistakes are costing a pretty penny - The Denver Post
Well, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels just flushed more than $5 million of franchise owner Pat Bowlen's money down the toilet.

Goodell packs a lot of power - The Denver Post
If Ben Roethlisberger had his rights protected by the Major League Baseball union, he would be the Pittsburgh Steelers' opening-day quarterback next Sunday.

Questions about offensive line go into opener - The Denver Post
The Broncos kept nine offensive linemen when finalizing their 53-man roster Saturday, but perhaps no position starts the regular season with more questions.

Broncos trade CB Alphonso Smith to Detroit for TE Gronkowski - The Denver Post
The Broncos used disappointing cornerback Alphonso Smith to fill a need at tight end by acquiring Dan Gronkowski from the Detroit Lions today.

Broncos cut Stokley, Green, Reid - The Denver Post
This is indeed a sad day at Dove Valley as Brandon Stokley, one of the most popular and professional players to ever wear a Broncos uniform, is in the process of having his contract terminated.

Branson release caps surprising day | All Things Broncos
Add the release of tight end Marquez Branson and guard Seth Olsen to the bizarre developments that also included the release of defensive end Jarvis Green, and trade of second-year cornerback Alphonso Smith to the Detroit Lions in exchange for receiving tight end Dan Gronkowski and a draft pick.

Thoughts on Matt Leinart's Arizona demise - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Releasing Matt Leinart seemed unthinkable when the Arizona Cardinals opened training camp.

St. Louis Rams name Sam Bradford as starting quarterback - ESPN
No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford will start at quarterback for the St. Louis Rams in the regular-season opener at home against the Arizona Cardinals next weekend.

Seattle Seahawks release veteran WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - ESPN
Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh was sent packing from Seattle on Saturday, cut by the Seahawks after just one season as coach Pete Carroll continued his roster purge.

Injured Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed to miss first 6 weeks - ESPN
Safety Ed Reed will miss the first six weeks of the NFL season after being placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list by the Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers cut center Justin Hartwig - ESPN
The Steelers released former starting center Justin Hartwig on Saturday after efforts to try to trade him failed.

Derrick Burgess among New England Patriots cuts; Brandon McGowan on IR - ESPN Boston
The New England Patriots made a flurry of moves Saturday to reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit, and none was bigger than the release of veteran Derrick Burgess, a projected starter at an outside linebacker position that is one of the team's biggest question marks.

Philadelphia Eagles add DE Antwan Barnes - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired defensive end Antwan Barnes in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL cuts roundup: Michael Clayton released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton, who didn't play in the team's final preseason game earlier this week, was cut on Saturday.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
It was interesting to see Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett get paid last week. But what most people don’t realize is there was an egg that preceded that chicken.

Report: Seahawks won't cast a line for Matt Leinart | National Football Post
Matt Leinart and Pete Carroll are not going to be getting together to hum the USC fight song any time soon. Not in Seattle anyway.

Eagles have wild day of deals, cuts | National Football Post
Turns out when the Philadelphia Eagles traded for veteran guard Reggie Wells on Friday it was with another move in mind.

Titans cut Chris Simms, Myron Rolle to reach 53 | National Football Post
Chris Simms was beaten out by rookie Rusty Smith as the Tennessee Titans third quarterback as the team got down to 53 players.

Rams whittle their way down to 53 | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams are probably not done working over their roster, but they got down to 53 today by trimming a couple notable players.

Panthers go with Pike as 3rd QB after cuts | National Football Post
The Carolina Panthers picked rookie quarterback Tony Pike to be their No. 3 behind Jimmy Clausen. That much was made clear when the club announced that Hunter Cantwell was one of the cuts.

Lions clean house in secondary in cuts to 53 | National Football Post
The Detroit Lions have one defensive back on their roster from the 2009 season, promising safety Louis Delmas.

Raiders cut Colt Brennan, William Joseph, down to 53 | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders cut their roster down to the NFL limit of 53 players, including quarterback Colt Brennan and defensive tackle William Joseph.

Redskins trim RB Willie Parker on the way to 53 | National Football Post
The Washington Redskins have a way of devaluing their draft picks come draft time.

Saints trim Clancy as they get to 53 | National Football Post
The New Orleans Saints brought in defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy for a close inspection and then made him part of the team’s final cuts today.

Bears looking to sign some linemen to practice squad | National Football Post
The Chicago Bears are expected to try to re-sign a handful of offensive linemen to the practice squad following final cuts.

Colts cut QB Tom Brandstater, get down to 53 players | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts got down to the NFL roster limit of 53 players, cutting quarterback Tom Brandstater. news: Seahawks O-line coach Gibbs retires 8 days before opener
A team source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that some players only noticed Gibbs was gone when discovering his office was empty. They were informed the coach was no longer with the team and told it was for "health" reasons. Given the timing of the move, so close to the opener, that reason is being met by some skepticism within and outside the organization, the source said. news: Patriots acquire Page from Chiefs to replace ailing McGowan
The New England Patriots' beleaguered secondary took another hit Saturday when the team had to place safety Brandon McGowan on season-ending injured reserve. news: Receiver-thin Vikings release Walker, could seek help elsewhere
The Vikings cut 20 players, including five wide receivers, on Saturday, leaving them with just four players at that position on the active roster. Recently signed Javon Walker and training-camp standout Logan Payne were waived, and Taye Biddle, Freddie Brown and Marquis Hamilton also were let go. news: Bengals acquire safety Nelson from Jags for CB Jones, pick
The Cincinnati Bengals acquired former first-round draft pick Reggie Nelson from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade of defensive backs Saturday. news: No Revis in sight as Jets cut roster to 53 players
"Darrelle's not here, and we've planned accordingly," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "We've said that all along that, organizationally, we have to move forward. We're playing Baltimore in a little over a week, and that's what we're prepared to do."

Saints place Sharper on PUP list, Casillas on IR - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
All-Pro safety Darren Sharper’s(notes) goal of helping the Saints compete for a second consecutive championship remains intact, even if it isn’t working out quite as he’d planned.

Eagles send right guard Stacy Andrews to Seahawks - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Philadelphia Eagles traded starting right guard Stacy Andrews(notes) to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.

Leinart never learned NFL isn't Hollywood - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Those who have watched quarterback Matt Leinart(notes) go through the motions of his college and pro career consistently come to the same basic conclusion about him.

How it all went wrong in Arizona for Leinart - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Quarterback Matt Leinart’s disappointing Arizona Cardinals career ended with him being released Saturday as part of the team’s final cutdown to 53 players, the widely anticipated conclusion after’s Jay Glazer reported that the franchise which drafted him 10th overall in 2006 had actively shopped the quarterback around the NFL by calling potential suitors.

NFL's Cardinals botched QB situation - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don't make, and that could be the case in New England.

Cowboys cuts pointing towards long-term Miles Austin deal
Since April, the Cowboys have lopped off $16.124 million from their 2010 payroll by either cutting or trading veterans.