Final NFL Roster Cuts: Friday’s Transactions

Quentin Groves, Michael Robinson

All 32 teams around the National Football League have to get down to their final 53-man rosters prior to the deadline this afternoon. Here are the noticeable cuts from Friday…

Matt Leinart, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills: That didn’t last too long. Leinart is back on the street after a week stint with the Bills. His performance in Buffalo’s preseason finale was poor, at best. This led the brass in Upstate New York to believe there were better options elsewhere. The former first-round pick has started a total of four games over the past five seasons.

Delone Carter, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens: They acquired Carter from the Indianapolis Colts for David Reed last week. In his only stint with Baltimore, Carter tallied gained just one yard on eight attempts. That obviously wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster.

Lance Ball, Running Back, Denver Broncos: Ball was a surprise for Denver back in 2011, gaining 550 total yards on 112 touches. He has since been surpassed by more talented running backs and wasn’t going to provide much more than depth for the Broncos. Look for him to catch on elsewhere.

Michael Robinson, Fullback, Seattle Seahawks: Not too often do you see a Pro Bowl performer and starting fullback get released prior to the start of the regular season, but Seattle has a younger option in 2013 draft pick Spencer Ware. Robinson’s track-of-all-trades ability will make him an attractive option as teams look to upgrade in the backfield and on special teams.

Anthony Armstrong, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys: Not a whole lot to see here. Armstrong surprised the football world by putting up over 800 yards for the Washington Redskins as a rookie in 2010, but hasn’t been able to produce ever since. If some team is looking for upside, he could get a call prior to the start of the regular season.

Jake Ballard, Tight End, New England Patriots: Just a few short weeks ago, it was a forgone conclusion that Ballard would make the Patriots 53-man roster. After all, Aaron Hernandez is in jail facing a murder wrap and Rob Gronkowski‘s health is a question mark. A substandard performance during training camp cost Ballard the ability to pick up the slack. He’s now looking to catch on with another team after New England released him Friday.

J’Marcus Webb, Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears: In the matter of nine months, Webb went from Chicago’s starting left tackle to looking for a job. That just goes to show you exactly what Phil Emery and Co. think of the former seventh-round pick. That said, he’ll get a lot of play on the market as a back-up option.

Max Starks, Offensive Tackle, San Diego Chargers: Starks started a total of 96 games during his nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and brings a lot of experience to the open market after San Diego decided to cut him loose on Friday. The issue here is precisely that, San Diego cut him loose. It possesses one of the most questionable offensive lines in the NFL and didn’t even need his services. als 


Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.