2010 NFL Cut Day Brings Some Surprises

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Turk had to tell receiver Kelley Washington, “Coach needs to see you and bring your playbook”

Every team has that member of their coaching staff that no one wants to see on Cut Down Day.  The Turk came around the NFL at 6:00 PM on September 4th reducing rosters to the regular season limit of 53 players – Approximately 700 players were given their walking papers. The last cuts are always the toughest for NFL teams as many had to let go as many as 22 players getting to the regular season limit from the August 31st limit of seventy-five.

Some of the bigger players getting their walking papers were Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart, Seattle Seahawks WR TJ Houshmandzadeh, Denver Broncos DL Jarvis Green, Tampa Bay Bucaneers WR Michael Clayton, Seattle Seahawks QB J.P Losman, Miami Dolphins WR Patrick Turner, Miami Dolphins QB/Wildcat Pat White, Philadelphia Eagles WR Kelley Washington – the Birds kept Hank Baskett instead — Baltimore Ravens kicker Shayne Graham — kept Billy Cundiff instead– Detroit Lions CB Dre Bly, Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith and New Orleans Saints QB Patrick Ramsey.  Also promising Cleveland Browns rookie RB Montario Hardesty was placed on injured reserve for the year after recently tearing the ACL of his left knee.

Some younger players that were cut still could be added to NFL practice squads as teams can name up to 8 players after 12 PM EST on Sunday September 5.  By the way a practice squad is not that bad of a gig.  Players can be paid a mininum of $5200 dollars a week while learning in meetings and practices.

However for other cut players their next steps could be limited.  The Arena Football League (AFL) is over for another year and the Canadian Football League (CFL) is well underway, so the United Football League (UFL) — will starting it’s 2nd season this fall — maybe their only option left.

Lloyd’s Leftovers

Trades?? – Usually the NFL only has trades around the draft, but cutdown day had a few noteworthy moves.

  • After the Philadelphia Eagles traded for OG Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week, you knew it was only a matter of time before the other Andrews Brother, Stacy, would be sent packing.  Surprising Eagles GM Howie Roseman worked his magic and found a will taker for the under-achieving offensive lineman.  Andrews (6’7, 342) was sent to the Seattle Seahawks for a late round 2011 draft pick.  Hopefully it will be a fresh start for both Andrews and the Eagles.  Philadelphia also shipped LB Tracy White to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed pick.
  • Only days after signing his restricted free agent tender and ending his holdout, the Kansas City Chiefs shipped safety Jarrad Page to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick.  Page had been one of the NFL’s last holdouts and now he will be counted on to help the Patriots young secondary.
  • The Denver Broncos traded little-used corner Alphonso Smith, a former 2009 high second-round draft pick, to the Detroit Lions for TE Dan Gronkowski and undisclosed draft pick.

 

You can also view the full list of transactions from NFL Cut Day here.

 

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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