The San Francisco 49ers’ Turk had to tell veteran receiver Austin Collie, “Coach needs to see you and bring your Ipad and playbook”
For the second time in 4 days, The Turk came calling around the National Football League. With final 53-man roster cuts being completed by 6 PM ET on Saturday August 31st, many teams had to say goodbye to players who were once thought to be contributors.
There was a time that being a high-drafted NFL player meant at least four years of collecting a paycheck, but times have changed in the “business” of professional football. Now bigger names have been sent packing too in the “Not For Long” world of America’s Game.
Some of the bigger names now looking for work are former Eagles first-rounder OG Danny Watkins, Patriots QB Tim Tebow (more on that later), Niners WR Austin Collie, Falcons LB Brad Banks (best feel good comeback story of NFL preseason), Bills QB and former Heisman Winner Matt Leinart, Packers backup QB Vince Young, Niners backup QB Seneca Wallace (or did he retire??), Seahawks FB Michael Robinson, and others.
Interesting part of the new NFL is that players, like former Eagles tight end Clay Harbor, now tweet the news of their own cutting.
Saturday also saw teams putting players on injured reserve to get to the 53-man limit, like the Buffalo Bills shelving receiver Brad Smith with a rib injury.
The complete list of cuts can be seen on NFL.com here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000233304/article/roster-cuts-for-all-32-nfl-teams
One last chance for younger players (less than 3 years of accrued NFL service) is to be signed to a team’s 8-man practice squad by the September 1st deadline.
Otherwise with the UFL no more, the Arena Football League completed until next year and the Canadian Football League (CFL) well underway, sitting by the phone and waiting for their agent to call – probably due to another player being injured — maybe the only option left for some of the players.