Vincent Brown - WR - San Diego Chargers
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: A former third-round pick, Brown was never the same after an ankle injury cost him the 2012 season. Last year Brown caught 41 passes for 472 yards and one score. Brown is off the fantasy radar regardless of where he ends up.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill's agent believes the Cleveland Browns will put in a claim for Hill. 'I would think the Browns would put in a claim,' the agent said. '(Head coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.'
Huddle Up: This is pure speculation by Hill's agent but it makes sense from the standpoint that Cleveland needs help at receiver. Hill will get a second chance with another team because of his raw physical skills.
Champ Bailey - CB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey has been released.
Huddle Up: Bailey was beaten out for a roster spot by undrafted rookie Brian Dixon. Once considered arguably the best CB in the NFL, Bailey is now at the end of his career and could consider retirement.
Ryan Williams - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams has been waived.
Huddle Up: Williams played well in the preseason but Dallas decided to keep Joseph Randle as its No. 3 RB. Williams is likely to draw attention from other RB-needy teams.
Kris Durham - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham has been released.
Huddle Up: Durham was able to stick with Detroit for a while because of the Lions lackluster receiving corps. However, Durham was always a backend NFL receiver, so his release doesn't come as a surprise now that the Lions have upgraded the position. Durham should generate some interest on the open market.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been released.
Huddle Up: Hill was a huge bust in New York. He has intriguing physical skills, so another team will take a chance on him. However, receivers that can't catch don't have long careers in the NFL.
Josh Boyce - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce was informed of his release Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: A former fourth-round draft pick, Boyce never made an impact in New England. Boyce is a candidate for the practice squad is he doesn't get claimed.
James Harrison - LB - Free Agent
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: An UDFA out of Kent State, Harrison retires with 66 sacks, five Pro Bowl selections and two Super bowl rings. Harrison was a leading force on a Steelers' defense that was one of the best for much of the 2000s.
Daryl Richardson - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Daryl Richardson has been informed of his impending release, according to sources, Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Richardson was beaten out by Bilal Powell for a roster spot. Only 24, Richardson could still catch on with another RB-needy team as insurance.
Nate Burleson - WR - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Nate Burleson Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Burleson is 33 and battling injuries. The fact that he couldn't make the Browns - one of the most WR-needy teams in the NFL - doesn't bode well for his future.
Dion Lewis - RB - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns released RB Dion Lewis Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Lewis was beaten out by Isaiah Crowell for the final running back spot in Cleveland. Crowell, a former 5 star recruit at Georgia, is a name to watch should Ben Tate get injured. Lewis will try to garner attention elsewhere as a third-down back.
Kyle Orton - QB - Free Agent
The Buffalo Bills and free-agent QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday, Aug. 29. Financial terms were undisclosed. Orton will serve as the primary backup to starting QB EJ Manuel.
Huddle Up: Orton was considering retirement before signing with Buffalo. He's an interesting QB to watch because of his experience, the fact that Buffalo has offensive weapons and E.J. Manuel looked terrible this preseason. If Manuel struggles, Buffalo could turn the offense over to Orton at some point
Matt Cassel - QB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Huddle Up: Ponder may end up sticking with the Vikings but it's unlikely the team will turn to him if they bench Cassel. Bridgewater also played well this preseason and if Minnesota makes a move at QB, it will be to the more talented Bridgewater.
Alex Henery - PK - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles PK Alex Henery is expected to be cut, as two individuals with knowledge of the situation said Friday, Aug. 29, that PK Cody Parkey has landed a spot on the 53-man roster.
Huddle Up: Parkey went 3-for-3 in field goals Thursday night, including hitting two attempts from beyond 50 yards. That impressive performance likely secured his roster spot. Parkey will be a solid fantasy option in the Eagles' high-scoring offense, while Henery will look to hook on elsewhere.
Matt Schaub - QB - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub (elbow) is still recovering from an elbow injury. Head coach Dennis Allen said Friday, Aug. 29, that he still wants to see where Schaub is physically before making the final call on his Week 1 starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: Some reports have rookie Derek Carr starting against the Jets but the Raiders aren't saying anything officially as of yet. Schaub has been miserable this preseason and doesn't look like he has anything left in the tank. Regardless of who starts in Week 1, Carr will be the Raiders QB before long.
Aldon Smith - LB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of 2014 for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse and the personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: This is about what most had been expecting for the player who has totaled the second-most sacks in the league since 2011, although the Niners would've preferred the decision a little sooner. In any case, it looks like San Fran is going to have to make do without their leading 2013 sacker (Smith) and top 2013 tackles leader (NaVorro Bowman) for the first half of the season.
Connor Barth - PK - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut PK Connor Barth on Friday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: To update your PK draft board, it looks like your 2014 Bucs kicker will be Patrick Murray.
Arrelious Benn - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (back) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: Benn has been placed on the short-term IR, meaning he'll be eligible to return after Week 6, but he'll be flying well below the fantasy radar barring a rash of injuries hitting the Philly wideouts.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins did not suffer a serious rib injury in the team's final preseason game, and reportedly will be good to go for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Good news for the first-round pick, but still be very wary as the another hit in the wrong place could send Watkins right back to the sideline. In the meantime, the team's QB situation hasn't gotten any better, either, with second-year QB EJ Manuel now taking his struggles into the regular season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - RB - Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Friday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: No real shocker as the strong preseason play of second-round pick Jeremy Hill made the veteran expendable.
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