Gators in Transactions: Players cut, re-signed
Miami Marlins — RHP Justin Shafer cleared waivers and was granted his unconditional release. Shafer, 27, was claimed from the Reds earlier this season and tagged for eight runs in 5 2/3 frames out of the Miami bullpen.
Chicago Bears — Kicker Eddy Pineiro will miss at least the first three games of the season because of a groin injury after the team placed him on injured reserve. Pineiro made 23 of 28 field goals for Chicago last year following an offseason trade from Oakland. But he was unable to kick in camp because of the injury.
New York Jets — Placed defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga on injured reserve. As part of the NFL's new rules this season to help manage rosters during the coronavirus pandemic, players placed on IR can return after three weeks if healthy. Zuniga, a third-rounder in April's draft, sat out most of camp with a quadriceps injury.
Jacksonville Jaguars — Signed receiver Josh Hammond to their practice squad.
Miami Dolphins — Signed wide receiver Antonio Callaway to practice squad. Callaway is suspended the first 3 games by the league.
Arizona Cardinals — Signed defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard to their practice squad.
Buffalo Bills — Signed DE Bryan Cox Jr. to practice squad
Indianapolis Colts — Released offensive tackle Chaz Green and then re-signed him a couple hours later in more roster churning.
Of note: Former UF (2015-18) linebacker Kylan Johnson, who transferred to Pitt as a senior before last season and played for the Panthers in 2019 when he earned Honorable Mention All-ACC recognition, was signed to the Dolphins practice squad.
The NFL kicks off the 2020 season this coming week. Each team trimmed its roster to 53 players Saturday. Because of the new CBA agreement, rosters also expanded each team's practice squad for the 2020 regular season to 16 players, four of which can be protected from other teams on a weekly basis. The NFL had already increased the scout team roster from 10 to 12 players as part of the initial new CBA, but adding an additional four per team is expected to give clubs added roster insurance in the event of active-roster members testing positive for COVID-19.
These were some of the former UF players released Saturday, but can be re-signed or picked up by other teams to round out their rosters:
The Jets had a surprise cut in center/guard Jonotthan Harrison, who started 18 games the past two seasons; Ravens cut punter Tommy Townsend, the Titans released defensive end Joey Ivie, Bills cut linebacker Vosean Joseph and defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., Texans released safety Jaylen Watkins, the Giants cut center Jon Halapio, the Cardinals released defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, the Vikings cut linebacker David Reese II and the Jaguars cut wide receiver Josh Hammond.
Washington Football Team — Acquired offensive tackle David Sharpe in a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. Washington traded a 2021 sixth-round pick to Las Vegas for Sharpe and a 2021 seventh-rounder. The 24-year-old gives the team more competition at left tackle to go along with 2018 draft pick Geron Christian. Sharpe has played 24 games with the Raiders and Houston Texans since making his NFL debut in 2017. He started two games at left tackle his rookie year, then two games at right tackle last season. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Sharpe was a fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2017.
New York Giants — Re-signed center Jon Halapio. Halapio started 15 games last season before sustaining an Achilles tendon injury in the season finale. He missed most of the 2018 season with an injury to his right ankle and leg. The 29-year-old started six games at right guard the previous season.
Arizona Cardinals — Released defensive end Adam Shuler in their count down to a 53-man roster. Shuler attended West Virginia for three years before transferring to Florida and playing in Gainesville for two years. He had 68 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks for the Gators. Shuler was an undrafted free agent signed in the spring.
Tampa Bay Rays — Placed catcher Mike Zunino on the 10-day injured list after being hurt hurt Friday in Miami. Manager Kevin Cash was not sure about Zunino, saying the issue shifted more from back to the oblique area and at this point they can only hope they caught it early and will see how he responds to treatment.Zunino missed the first three weeks in 2018 with Seattle due to the same injury, but he said this one “felt nothing like that,” adding to his optimism of returning relatively soon, certainly in time for the playoffs. Though hitting only .133 with four home runs, nine RBIs and a .619 OPS, Zunino said he was starting to feel better at and behind the plate, where he had a majors-most five passed balls.
Chicago White Sox — Recalled Dane Dunning (0-0, 6.23 ERA) from the alternate training site to start Sunday against the Royals. Dunning, 25, made his MLB debut Aug. 19 and allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings. Dunning threw 73 pitches in his first start and was to training site the following day.
San Francisco Giants — Pitcher Shaun Anderson was optioned to the Giants' alternate training site. Anderson has had mixed results as a middle reliever to begin the season. During 13 appearances this season, the right-hander posted a 5.23 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 10.1 innings.
Minnesota Vikings — Signed linebacker David Reese II, who was released over the weekend by the Carolina Panthers. Reese was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent after the April Draft. He was with Carolina for the virtual offseason and in the early part of camp.
Baltimore Ravens — Signed punter Johnny Townsend, who last played in the league in 2018 with the Oakland Raiders.
Townsend made 16 appearances for the Raiders. After his release, Townsend landed a tryout with the New York Giants last season but failed to make the team.
Townsend's younger brother and fellow Gator, Tommy, is with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Boston Red Sox — Released lefthander Brian Johnson, who asked for the move. Johnson was drafted by the Sox in the 2012 first round out of UF. He made his debut in 2015. His best season by the numbers came in 2018, when Johnson pitched 99⅓ innings both as a starter and reliever to a 4.17 ERA for the champions. He pitched just 40⅓ innings last season, as he battled injuries. Johnson posted a 6.02 ERA in 2019.
Arizona Cardinals --- Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert – who was expected to start at right tackle assuming he had fully recovered from an ACL tear last season – decided to opt out for the year, he announced on his Twitter account.
"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season," Gilbert wrote. "While this decision was not easy for me, I felt it was the best decision due to my standing as a high-risk player with high-risk family members. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me over many years on the NFL and I look forward to returning stronger than ever for the 2021 NFL season."
Gilbert has not played a full regular season since 2015 -- with his last four seasons riddled with injuries and suspensions. He's finished the past two years on injured reserve, and he returned for 2020 on a one-year deal for $1.05 million.
San Francisco 49ers -- Agreed to an incentive-laden deal with oft-injured former Pro Bowler Jordan Reed, giving the defending NFC champions a potential prolific receiving tight end to pair with All-Pro George Kittle.
The 30-year-old Reed (University of Florida) had 329 catches for 3,371 yards and 24 TDs in 65 career games for Washington but has ended up on the injured reserve list in four of his seven seasons. He missed all of 2019 after suffering his seventh documented concussion in the preseason.
“It’s well-documented he’s had multiple concussions prior,” general manager John Lynch said. “There’s a reason a guy like Jordan Reed’s out there, right? So, there is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”
Reed’s best season came in 2015 when he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns for Washington. He has played only 31 games the past four seasons because of a variety of injuries.
Reed was drafted in 2013 when Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator in Washington and has experience playing in San Francisco’s offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Starting left tackle Jawaan Taylor spent his first week of training camp in isolation after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. But now he can at least enter the team's facility at TIAA Bank Field, take his physical, and take part in strength and conditioning work that begins Monday for the team's veterans. Taylor was activated off the COVID-19 list Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals -- Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, expected to be a starter, was designated with non-football illnesses. Gilbert is coming off a torn ACL but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was supposed to be ready to go.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Defensive end/linebacker Lerentee McCray became the second Jaguars player since Friday to voluntarily opt-out for the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns. Defensive tackle Al Woods opted out Friday, citing health and safety concerns for his family. The opt-out provision was established by the NFL and the NFL Players Association last month.
Similar to Woods, McCray cited family concerns as to what led to his decision not to play.
''I will miss being there with my teammates, coaches, and Jaguar personnel competing on Sundays, but I feel that God has directed my steps to make this decision,'' McCray said in a statement. ''I was honored to be involved in our team's social justice efforts during the offseason, and I look to continuing to support those affected in any way I can.''
Cincinnati Reds -- Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) is scheduled to pitch Sunday against Detroit after a stint on the Injury List earlier this season. DeSclafani, who missed one start with a mild strain of the teres major, allowed three hits in five shutout innings, but was no involved in the decision, as the Reds blew a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Placed right offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Taylor, a second-round pick in 2019 out of Florida, played all 1,091 offensive snaps last season and made the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.
The list was created for players who test positive for COVID-19 or have been quarantined after having close contact with an infected person or persons.
Per league policy, teams are not permitted to disclose the reason a player is added to the list. Teams are prohibited from commenting on a player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. However, players can disclose their medical information.
Seattle Seahawks -- NFL placed cornerback Quinton Dunbar on the league's Commissioner Exempt List while he faces felony charges from offseason incidents. A player on the Commissioner Exempt List cannot practice or play in games but does get paid. He can be at the team’s facility “on a reasonable basis” for meetings, individual workouts, therapy, rehab and other non-football activities if given team permission.
Dunbar was charged after a robbery at a cookout in Miramar, Florida faces four felony counts of armed robbery.
Washington Football Team -- Defensive end Caleb Brantley has opted out of the 2020 season. High-risk opt outs receive a $350,000 stipend with no offset and an accrued/credited season. But, like the voluntary opt out, the contract tolls.
Voluntary opt outs receive a $150,000 stipend as a salary advance on their contract for 2021 and no accrued season.
Brantley re-signed with Washington in March, getting a one-year, $750,000 contract.
He has spent the past two seasons with Washington but played only eight games because of injuries, including an ankle issue that limited him to one game in 2019.
Miami Marlins -- Claimed right-handed reliever Justin Shafer off waivers from the Reds.
Cincinnati Reds -- Placed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (rotator cuff) on the Injury List. DeSclafani posted a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts in 2019. He struck out 167 hitters in 166 ⅔ innings. He will be a free agent at the end of the season. This the third time DeSclafani has started the year on the IL.
Chicago White Sox -- Assigned pitcher Dane Dunning to the club's alternate camp. Dunning made a full recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the White Sox have enough starters on the active roster. Dunning is the No. 6 prospect in the organization, according to MLB.com. He went a combined 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 15 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2018. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2019.
Oakland Athletics — Placed pitcher A.J. Puk would on the injured list due to a strain in his left shoulder. After initially suffering the injury in March at the start of spring training, the 25-year-old will now visit doctors for further evaluation.
Baltimore Orioles — Placed backup shortstop Richie Martin on the 60-day injured list with a broken right wrist.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Cornerback CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 draft, agreed to terms on a fully guaranteed four-year, $20.5 million contract that includes a fifth-year option.
Jacksonville University -- Added Brad Wilkerson as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.