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.