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Recap of Recent and Major NFL Transactions


It's been a crazy couple of days in the NFL, as we've seen major names shipped to different places and veterans being cut left and right. Some teams look much stronger entering the new season, while some teams have down-graded throughout the preseason. Here's a look at all 32 teams' recent notable transactions leading up to Week 1.

Arizona Cardinals

Signed: OL Jeremy Vujnovich, DE Zach Moore

Cut: OL Evan Boehm, WR Brice Butler, CB Harlan Miller

Atlanta Falcons

Signed: K Georgio Tavecchio

Cut: S Ron Parker, T Austin Pasztor, QB Garrett Grayson

Traded: Acquired S Jordan Richards from New England

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: CB Cyrus Jones

Cut: WR Breshad Perriman, LB Albert McClellan

Traded: LB Kamalei Correa sent to Tennessee for 2019 6th-rd pick

Buffalo Bills

Signed: CB Ryan Lewis

Cut: WR Corey Coleman, WR Rod Streater, TE Nick O'Leary

Traded: QB A.J. McCarron traded to Oakland for 2019 5th-rd pick

Carolina Panthers

Signed: CB Lorenzo Doss

Cut: RB Kenjon Barner, QB Garrett Gilbert,

Retired: DE Charles Johnson

Chicago Bears

Cut: WR DeMarcus Ayers, RB Knile Davis, QB Tyler Bray, WR Bennie Fowler

Traded: Acquired LB Khalil Mack for 2019 1st and 6th-rd picks, 2020 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th-rd picks, Traded CB Deiondre Hall to Philadelphia for 2019 7th-rd pick

Extended: Signed LB Khalil Mack to a 6-yr, $141 million contract

Cincinnati Bengals

Signed: DE Michael Johnson

Cut: S George Iloka, DT Chris Baker, WR Moritz Bohringer

Retired: WR Victor Cruz

Extended: DE Carlos Dunlap signed 3-yr, $45 million contract, DT Geno Atkins signed 4-yr $65 million contract

Cleveland Browns

Signed: LB Tanner Vallejo

Cut: LB Mychal Kendricks, WR Jeff Janis, LB Nate Orchard, LB B.J. Bello, DE Carl Nassib

Traded: OT Shon Coleman sent to San Francisco for 2019 7th-rd pick, DT Devaroe Lawrence traded to New Orleans for 2019 7th-rd pick

Dallas Cowboys

Signed: WR Deonte Thompson

Cut: DE Kony Ealy, K Dan Bailey

Traded: Received OG Parker Ehinger from Kansas City in exchange for CB Charvarius Ward

Denver Broncos

Signed: CB Adam Jones, QB Kevin Hogan

Cut: OT Jeremiah Poutasi, OT Cyrus Kouandijo, WR Isaiah McKenzie, QB Paxton Lynch

Detroit Lions

Cut: S DeShawn Shead, S Chris Jones, LB Jonathan Freeny, DT Jeremiah Ledbetter, RB Dwayne Washington

Traded: Acquired LB Eli Harold from San Francisco for 2020 7th-rd pick

Extended: S Quandre Diggs signed 3-yr $20.4 million contract

Green Bay Packers

Signed: LB Korey Toomer

Cut: FB Aaron Ripkowski, LB Vince Biegel, DE Chris Odom, CB Josh Hawkins

Traded: Acquired LB Antonio Morrison from Indianapolis in exchange for CB Lenzy Pipkins, Traded QB Brett Hundley to Seattle for 2019 pick

Extended: QB Aaron Rodgers signed 4-yr, $134 million contract

Houston Texans

Signed: CB Kayvon Webster, S A.J. Moore

Cut: P Shane Lechler, WR Braxton Miller, S Corey Moore, TE MyCole Pruitt

Indianapolis Colts

Signed: S Corey Moore

Cut: OT Austin Howard, RB Branden Oliver, OT Jeremy Vujnovich, CB Lenzy Pipkins

Traded: Acquired CB Lenzy Pipkins From Green Bay in exchange for LB Antonio Morrison, Acquired WR Marcus Johnson from Seattle in exchange for TE Darrell Daniels

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed: CB Dee Delaney, QB Tanner Lee

Cut: CB Jalen Myrick, WR DeAndre Smelter, WR Shane Wynn, DT Sealver Siliga

Kansas City Chiefs

Signed: CB Orlando Scandrick

Cut: RB Charcandrick West, TE Jace Amaro, CB David Amerson, RB Kerwynn Williams, LB Frank Zombo, QB Matt McGloin

Traded: Acquired CB Chevarius Ward from Dallas in exchange for OG Parker Ehinger

Los Angeles Chargers

Signed: LB Emmanuel Ellerbe, TE Antonio Gates

Cut: K Roberto Aguayo, QB Cardale Jones, C Spencer Pulley, LB Hayes Pullard

Los Angeles Rams

Cut: TE Temmarick Hemingway, C Aaron Neary

Extended: OT Rob Havenstein signed 4-yr, $32 million contract, DT Aaron Donald signed 6-yr $135 million contract

Miami Dolphins

Signed: WR Tanner McEvoy, C Travis Swanson, QB Luke Falk

Cut: TE Gavin Escobar, CB Tony Lippett, WR Leonte Carroo, QB Bryce Petty, RB Jeremy Langford

Traded: S Jordan Lucas sent to Kansas City for a 2019 7th-rd pick

Retired: TE Julius Thomas

Minnesota Vikings

Signed: S George Iloka

Cut: K Kai Forbath, WR Cayleb Jones, DE Brian Robison, WR Kendall Wright, WR Tavarres King, P Ryan Quigley

Retired: CB Terence Newman

Traded: Acquired C Brett Jones from New York Giants in exchange for 2019 7th-rd pick

New England Patriots

Signed: WR Chad Hansen, WR Amara Darboh

Cut: WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Kenny Britt, WR Devin Lucien, LB Marquis Flowers, CB Cyrus Jones, RB Mike Gillislee, RB Brandon Bolden, DE Eric Lee, WR Jordan Matthews

Retired: WR Eric Decker

Traded: S Jordan Richards sent to Atlanta in exchange for a 2020 7th-rd pick

Extended: OG Shaq Mason signed a 5-yr, $45 million contract

New Orleans Saints

Signed: QB J.T. Barrett, RB Mike Gillislee

Cut: WR Brandon Coleman, RB Terrance West, WR Brandon Tate, LB Hau'oli Kikaha, WR Michael Floyd, QB Tom Savage

Traded: Acquired QB Teddy Bridgewater & 2019 6th-rd pick from New York Jets in exchange for 2019 3rd-rd pick

New York Giants

Signed: WR Kaelin Clay, DE Mario Edwards Jr., S Antonio Hamilton

Cut: LB Mark Herzlich, WR Roger Lewis, CB William Gay, OG John Jerry, QB Davis Webb

Traded: C Brett Jones traded to Minnesota in exchange for 2019 7th-rd pick

Extended: WR Odell Beckham Jr. signed 5-yr $90 million contract

New York Jets

Signed: K Jason Myers, LB Jeremiah Attochu

Cut: K Cairo Santos, WR Lucky Whitehead, WR Charles Johnson, LB Kevin Minter, C Travis Swanson, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, RB Thomas Rawls

Traded: QB Teddy Bridgewater and 2019 6th-rd pick sent to New Orleans in exchange for 2019 3rd-rd pick

Oakland Raiders

Signed: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, WR Brandon LaFell

Cut: WR Griff Whalen, QB Connor Cook, QB E.J. Manuel, WR Martavis Bryant, CB Shareece Wright, DE Mario Edwards Jr., S Antonio Hamilton

Traded: WR Ryan Switzer and 2019 6th-rd pick traded to Pittsburgh for 2019 5th-rd pick, LB Khalil Mack traded to Chicago for 2019 1st and 6th-rd picks, 2020 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rd picks, Acquired A.J. McCarron from Buffalo for 2019 5th-rd pick

Philadelphia Eagles

Signed: LB D.J. Alexander

Cut: RB Donnel Pumphrey, WR Kamar Aiken, WR Markus Wheaton, S Ironhead Gallon, RB Matt Jones

Retired: TE Brent Celek

Traded: Acquired CB Deiondre Hall from Chicago in exchange for 2019 7th-rd pick

Pittsburgh Steelers

Signed: WR Trey Griffey

Cut: QB Landry Jones, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint

Extended: LB Vince Williams signed 3-yr, $18 million contract, K Chris Boswell signed 4-yr, $16 million contract

Traded: Acquired WR Ryan Switzer & 2019 6th-rd pick from Oakland in exchange for 2019 5th-rd pick

San Francisco 49ers

Signed: RB Alfred Morris, OG Matt Tobin

Cut: WR Aldrick Robinson, OG Jonathan Cooper, LB Korey Toomer, RB Jeremy McNichols

Retired: DT Cedric Thornton

Traded: LB Eli Harold traded to Detroit for 2020 7th-rd pick, acquired OT Shon Coleman from Cleveland in exchange for 2019 7th-rd pick

Seattle Seahawks

Signed: OT Jordan Simmons

Cut: P Jon Ryan, LB D.J. Alexander, WR Amara Darboh

Traded: Acquired QB Brett Hundley from Green Bay in exchange for 2019 pick, Acquired S Shalom Luani from Oakland in exchange for cash, Acquired TE Darrell Daniels from Indianapolis in exchange for WR Marcus Johnson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signed: DE Carl Nassib

Cut: RB Charles Sims, CB Josh Robinson, S Keith Tandy, WR Bobo Wilson

Tennessee Titans

Signed: WR Austin Proehl

Cut: CB Demontre Hurst, WR Nick Williams, OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, QB Luke Falk

Extended: WR Rishard Matthews signed 1-yr, $8 million contract

Traded: Acquired LB Kamalei Correa from Baltimore for a 2019 6th-rd pick

Washington Redskins

Signed: RB Adrian Peterson, DT Caleb Brantley

Cut: QB Kevin Hogan, OT T.J. Clemmings, DT Phil Taylor, WR Brian Quick

As you can see, now is the time for teams to make moves that finalize their roster and give fans a glimpse of what to expect. One team that surprised everyone is the Chicago Bears. All they did was trade for one of the best defensive players in the league in Khalil Mack and re-signed him to an extension that keeps him in the Windy City for 6 more years, no big deal. They may have had to give up some future picks, but Mack is a generational talent that is a proven superstar. Mack and fellow OLB Leonard Floyd are bound to form an extremely scary duo, and as Chicago's 10th-ranked defense gets even better, they may now have a shot at the playoffs in 2018. As for the Oakland Raiders, the Khalil Mack trade is leaving NFL and Raiders fans shocked, and their season is looking bleak. The defense that wasn't good last year looks even worse now, although they do now have lots of future picks that can help boost the team over time. They also released DE Mario Edwards, who was promising, and WR Martavis Bryant, who has always been talented but hasn't always been able to keep his head straight. It's not all bad for Oakland, as they did trade for A.J. McCarron, who should be a good back-up to Derek Carr, and they signed veteran CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and WR Brandon LaFell, who will fill the hole that Bryant left.

The Los Angeles Rams didn't necessarily add or cut anyone that was a household name, but they were able to extend two key players in Aaron Donald and Rob Havenstein. Donald, like Mack, was looking to get paid, and the Rams finally caved and gave him what he wanted; to be the highes-paid defensive player in history (until Mack got paid almost 24 hours later). Now that both of these players are extended, the Rams can go into the season and not worry about any contract drama and are expected to improve off of last season. Other teams, like the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, brought out the Brinks trucks for their stars, as Aaron Rodgers became the highest-paid NFL player of all-time and Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest-paid wide receiver in history as well.

Two teams made running back signings at the perfect time, and they were the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. In a previous article, I mentioned Adrian Peterson as one of the most intriguing free agents still available, and when rookie Derrius Guice went down with a knee injury, the Redskins swooped in and signed Peterson, who will be one of the primary backs Washington uses this year. As for the 49ers, Jerick McKinnon was signed in March and was supposed to be their primary back this year, but he suffered a torn ACL in the preseason. Thankfully, they signed RB Alfred Morris earlier in August, who might not be the player he once used to be, but he is still a decent back that will see a good amount of carries for the 49ers.

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