Yesterday was a busy day for the New England Patriots, as the team made multiple transactions to get under the NFL’s 53-man roster limit. Of course, other teams around the league were equally hard at work with some notable transactions taking place. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest and most surprising
Raiders trade Khalil Mack to the Bears: The biggest move of the day saw Oakland move on from its best player to get a boatload of draft picks in return. Overall, the Raiders receive two first-round draft picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round draft pick (2020), and a sixth-round draft pick (2019). Chicago, meanwhile, did not only get Mack but also a 2020 second-round selection and a conditional fifth-rounder the same year. A huge move for both team.
Raiders cut WR Martavis Bryant: In April, the Raiders traded a third-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers to get wide receiver Martavis Bryant. One disappointing summer later, his tenure with the Silver and Black is over: Oakland parted ways with Bryant yesterday. Another bummer for Raiders fans.
Bills trade QB A.J. McCarron to the Raiders: Oakland was not done after the Mack and Bryant moves as the team also sent a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo in order to acquire career-backup A.J. McCarron. The move brings the Bills’ quarterback room down to two guys: first-round rookie Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman.
Cowboys release K Dan Bailey: In one of the more surprising moves of the last two days, the Cowboys decided to let their long-time place kicker go. Bailey saw his field goal percentage go down over the last few years and it looks as if Dallas felt that now was the right time to move on.
Ravens release WR Breshad Perriman: A first-round draft pick in 2015, Perriman’s stint with the Ravens was one marked by injuries and inconsistent play. After the team decided to decline the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, it has now opted to let him go. Perriman ends his time in Baltimore with just 43 catches for 576 yards and three touchdowns.
Vikings release DE Brian Robison: Minnesota’s longest-tenured defender was released yesterday. The 35-year old, who played in 180 games for the Vikings since joining the team in 2007, restructured his contract earlier this offseason to stay with the team – but apparently the move was still not enough to save him from getting the axe.
Bills release WR Corey Coleman: Another former first-round draft pick to get released, the Bills moved on from Coleman after they traded for him in early August. Similar to Perriman, the 15th overall selection of the 2016 draft was simply too inconsistent to survive getting cut.
Texans release WR Braxton Miller: The former Ohio State quarterback is an outstanding athlete but has not yet lived up to his potential in the NFL. Consequently, the Texans opted to release the former third-round draft pick yesterday. Miller could be a target multiple teams are interested on adding through the waiver wire.
Packers release LB Vince Biegel: Even though the Packers are not the deepest team at the outside linebacker position, they decided to part ways with one of their 2017 draft selections. Biegel, who was picked in the fourth round last year, saw regular playing time in his first season in Green Bay but apparently failed to show noticeable improvement this summer.
Bengals release DE Michael Johnson: A move that has been in the making for quite some time now, Cincinnati officially decided to part ways with one of its veteran defenders yesterday. The 31-year old was a starter for the Bengals last season, but it looks like the team wants to get younger along its defensive edge.