Notable Cuts Around The NFL, Aug. 31

The most notable cuts around the NFL as of Monday morning, Aug. 31.

Tim Jennings, CB, Bears: This may be the biggest surprise. Jennings is 31 years old but his $4.4M salary is fully guaranteed. If the Bears are thinking Jennings will just sign for that amount with another team, that’s not going to happen. Teams won’t have incentive to offer more than the veteran minimum of $970,000 and Jennings will take it, knowing the Bears will have to pay him the bulk of the salary he is due.

Donald Thomas, G, Colts: Thomas was activated from the PUP list and cut this morning. The Colts obviously made this move because Thomas was healthy enough to release without paying an injury settlement. Don’t ask if the Broncos will be interested; the answer is no.

Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: He’s a popular player, but at 34 years old, it made little sense to keep him. I suspect he’ll find another team, but it won’t be the Broncos, who have enough young backs who can contribute.

J.D. Walton, C, Dolphins: An old friend of ours failed to make the cut in Miami as a backup to Mike Pouncey. Again, don’t count on the Broncos bringing him back, especially given how Matt Paradis has impressed in the preseason.

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  • Nick

    Phil Emery has to go down as one of the worse GMs of this decade. He made some head-scratching signings that completely blew up in his face and have the potential to ruin the Bears for multiple seasons.

    And I feel terrible for Walton. Even in this day and age of modern medicine, one bad injury can still have the risk of derailing your entire football career.

  • bradley

    Bills fans are apoplectic about cutting Jackson. I wonder if this is a power move by Sexy Rexy.

  • babsonjr

    Know what I would love to see? Caldwell get traded to a team lacking receiver depth. His trade value will never be higher now that he flashed in preseason again. And we have several young’ms like Norwood who are coming along nicely.

    Just a dream, but still…

    • Nick

      They ought to give the Panthers a call, that team desperately needs WRs.

      • Rollston Frangopoulos

        Seattle Traded Norwood to them. Pick undisclosed as of yet.

  • BlackKnigh

    I am surprised by the Bills cutting Jackson. He appeared to be their best back last season – more consistent than most RBs..
    Too bad about Walton. Probably the end of the line for him.

  • Rhett Rothberg

    Janet Jackson? Look more like Freddie Jackson…