Down to 53: Tracking the NFL's notable roster cuts

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League Editor
  • Published: Aug. 30, 2013 at 07:11 p.m.
  • Updated: Aug. 30, 2013 at 09:35 p.m.






It's the roughest time of year in the NFL.
Cuts are underway as teams must reduce their rosters from 75 to 53 players by 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can get the complete list on the roster cuts tracker, but Around The League will keep a running tally of the biggest names right here.


Max Starks, San Diego Chargers offensive tackle: Starks signed with the Chargers in May knowing he'd be in a battle with King Dunlap for a spot on the left side of the line. That battle appeared lopsided in recent games, but Starks couldn't stand out on a shaky offensive front.
Marcus Trufant, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback: The 11-year veteran signed with the Jaguars after spending his entire career in Seattle. It was reasonable for the 32-year-old to lose playing time to the young Seahawk studs, but it's a completely different thing to be cut by a Jacksonville team in dire need of secondary help.
J'Marcus Webb, Chicago Bears offensive tackle: After struggling through 44 starts over three seasons, the 6-foot-7 offensive tackle tweeted his release Friday morning. It's a good sign for the young Bears offensive line.
Matt Leinart, Buffalo Bills quarterback: On the heels of a rough-and-tumble outing against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, the former first-round draft pick tweeted Friday that he has been released by the Bills. His career probably is over.


Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard, New England Patriots tight ends: The Patriots have cut ties with two tight ends. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport cited a source in reporting that Fells has been released after signing a three-year, $5.25 million contract in 2012. Ballard, claimed off waivers from the New York Giants last year, also was cut. Ballard lacked speed after surgery. This is a good sign for Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to land on the PUP list. Undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui are the healthy Patriots tight ends. Tim Tebow was not among the Patriots' first 10 cuts.
Brian Banks, Atlanta Falcons linebacker: Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com first reported that Banks was let go, and the Falcons later confirmed the news. His inspirational story might not be over. Glazer hints Banks could have some sort of role with the team.
Crezdon Butler, Bills cornerback: Butler is not a big name, but he was viewed as a potential starter following Stephon Gilmore's injury.
Jordan Palmer, Chicago Bears quarterback: The founder of RunPee.com could get a call during the regular season if backup Josh McCown is hurt. The Bears also released quarterback Trent Edwards, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Dennis Dixon, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback: He never really had a chance after the Eagles drafted Matt Barkley.


Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard, New England Patriots tight ends: The Patriots have cut ties with two tight ends. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport cited a source in reporting that Fells has been released after signing a three-year, $5.25 million contract in 2012. Ballard, claimed off waivers from the New York Giants last year, also was cut. Ballard lacked speed after surgery. This is a good sign for Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to land on the PUP list. Undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui are the healthy Patriots tight ends. Tim Tebow was not among the Patriots' first 10 cuts.
Brian Banks, Atlanta Falcons linebacker: Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com first reported that Banks was let go, and the Falcons later confirmed the news. His inspirational story might not be over. Glazer hints Banks could have some sort of role with the team.
Crezdon Butler, Bills cornerback: Butler is not a big name, but he was viewed as a potential starter following Stephon Gilmore's injury.
Jordan Palmer, Chicago Bears quarterback: The founder of RunPee.com could get a call during the regular season if backup Josh McCown is hurt. The Bears also released quarterback Trent Edwards, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Dennis Dixon, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback: He never really had a chance after the Eagles drafted Matt Barkley.