Trades, cuts, and kickers to the curb

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

On Saturday all 32 teams finalized their 53-man roster, releasing and waiving players in a surprising frenzy. The big news, of course, was the blockbuster trade of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Texans were willing to pay roughly half of Clowney’s $15.9 million salary for 2019 despite the franchised tag they placed on him. I would call that a win for Clowney and he gets to be a part of a newly built Seahawks front defense that now consists of Clowney, linebacker K.J. Wright, DE Ziggy Ansah, defensive lineman L.J. Collier, and LB Bobby Wagner.

But the Texans didn’t stop there.  They went on to trade two first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills. The Dolphins came away with special teams Johnson Bademosi and tackle Julie’n Davenport.

Other notable cuts:

However, no team is complete without the clutch closer in the kicker. After the Cody Parkey kick heard round the world, teams have been scrambling to find top kickers.

Three weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings traded a fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for kicker/punter Kaare Vedvik. But the moment he arrived he lost his touch and the Vikings released him, choosing to go with veteran kicker Dan Bailey. Despite his regression, the New York Jets swooped him off of waivers.

The Chicago Bears finally chose their kicker to replace Parkey in young Eddy Piniero. His leg strength is what the Bears were looking for and his desire to be the best. The competition between Piniero and former AAF kicker Elliott Fry was close. Fry was picked up by the Ravens only to be released on cut day.

Other kickers to the curb were Blair Walsh and Giorgio Tavecchio of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons chose to call back veteran kicker Matt Bryant to a one-year contract in hopes they return to a Super Bowl run.

With the 53-man rosters set and practice squads inked in, the NFL kicks-off it’s 100th-year celebration with the longest rivalry in NFL history. The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers hit the stage on Thursday night. Will QB Aaron Rodgers produce another 4th quarter miracle or will QB Mitchell Trubisky and company start the season with a statement? Get ready for a thrilling game and fun NFL season!

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