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Indianapolis Colts — Signed 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle Joey Ivie. Dallas drafted Ivie in the seventh round in 2017 and he's made eight appearances in a career that has taken him to Tennessee, Kansas City, Seattle and Atlanta in addition to the Cowboys.
Toronto Blue Jays — Optioned pitcher Kirby Snead to Triple-A Buffalo. Snead made his first two MLB appearances this week, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out three and allowing two hits.
New York Yankees — Transferred to the 60-day IL relief pitcher Darren O'Day. The veteran right-hander will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hamstring. O'Day was limited to only 10.2 innings this season and has yet to decide if he plans to continue his career in 2022.
Pittsburgh Steelers — Signed free agent Chaz Green to a one-year deal. Green, 29, has appeared in 37 games for three teams during his five-year career. Green played in 15 games last season for Indianapolis. He joins an offensive line in the middle of an overhaul after center Maurkice Pouncey retired, guard David DeCastro was released and left guard Matt Feiler and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva left as free agents.
Baltimore Orioles — Call up recent waiver claim Shaun Anderson. Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, had a 3.52 ERA with the San Francisco Giants in 2020 but allowed nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings with the Minnesota Twins this year. He joined the Orioles organization after the Texas Rangers designated him for assignment late last month.
Chicago Cubs — Designated catcher Taylor Gushue for assignment. He was called up from Triple-A Iow last Wednesday when Chicago placed catcher Jose Lobaton on the 60-day injured list because of a sprained left shoulder. Gushue cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.
Kansas City Royals — Jackson Kowar, the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, was sent back to the minors (Triple-A Omaha) Wednesday. Kowar allowed two runs, three hits and two wild pitches in three innings last Saturday, but the 24-year-old rookie right-hander cut his ERA from 36.00 to 18.00 in three big-league appearances. Kowar pitched in relief for the first time in the majors. “You’re going to have to have learning curve periods, but you also need to have some success,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said to the Kansas City Star. “We were having trouble finding opportunities for Jackson to have those repetitions. … We want to put him in a spot to where he can be successful and get the repetitions as much as anything, and we don’t have them for him here right now. That’s going to be it more than anything else.”
Buffalo Bills — Placed reserve defensive end Brian Cox Jr. on injured reserve. Cox’s season could be over after the Bills said he sustained an injury to his Achilles tendon. Cox was carted off the field after he got hurt during the first of two mandatory minicamp sessions last week. He posted a note on social media that he had surgery and was confident he’ll recover fully. Cox spent a majority of last season on Buffalo’s practice squad, and appeared in one game.
Philadelphia Eagles — Waived wide receiver Trevon Grimes with an injury (knee) designation. The Eagles had signed Grimes as an undrafted free agent last month after he caught 38 passes for 589 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns for the Gators as a senior. If Grimes goes unclaimed on waivers, he’ll revert to Philadelphia’s injured reserve and remain with the team.
Indianapolis Colts — Signed Eddy Pineiro, 25, to a one-year contract. Pineiro was the Bears’ kicker in 2019 and then spent the entire 2020 season on injured reserve.
Arizona Cardinals — Veteran tackle Marcus Gilbert, acquired in a trade before the 2019 season but who never played in a regular-season game for the Cardinals, announced on social media he was retiring from the NFL. "After 10 seasons playing the in the National Football League, I have decided to retire," Gilbert wrote. "I will forever remain grateful for the memories, experiences, friendships and successes football has provided me." Gilbert, who was coming off a couple of injury-riddled seasons with the Steelers prior to his trade in 2019, was playing well as the Cardinals' right tackle all through training camp and the preseason. But he tore his ACL during a practice the week leading into the 2019 opener, ending his season. Last year, Gilbert was the lone Cardinal to opt out of the season because of COVID-19. He spent his first eight seasons with the Steelers before being traded to the Cardinals.
Carolina Panthers — Signed offensive tackle Martez Ivey to a one-year deal. The 25-year-old Ivey was in Patriots camp in 2019, as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. He was a four-year starter for the Gators, playing both tackle and guard. He was twice a second-team All-SEC pick. In 2020, he was with the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers before that league folded.
Detroit Lions — Signed cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar had armed robbery charges dropped against him last year in a case that involved New York Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker, who also was cleared. Dunbar has at least one interception in each of his six NFL seasons. He has 10 career interceptions and 171 tackles over five seasons with Washington and one year in Seattle. Dunbar started six games for the Seahawks last season and had one interception and 30 tackles before having season-ending knee surgery.
Buffalo Bills — Signed wide receiver and returner Brandon Powell to a one-year deal. Powell spent the 2020 season playing for the Atlanta Falcons. In 15 games, Powell returned 17 punts for 152 yards and 17 kickoffs for 343 yards. His longest return last year was a kickoff return for 29 yards. Powell also caught 12 passes for 69 yards and scored two touchdowns. Powell spent 2019 with the Falcons on the practice squad and active roster. In his 21 career games, he has recorded 23 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns.He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Florida in 2018.
Kansa City Chiefs — Re-signed receiver Demarcus Robinson, 26, who has spent his entire NFL career with the Chiefs after the club selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Florida. In 2020, he notched career highs in receptions (45), receiving yards (466) in 16 games played. He also caught three TDs.
Seattle Seahwks — Agreed with defensive end Carlos Dunlap on a two-year deal. Dunlap’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed Thursday night the sides agreed on a new contract that is expected to be worth more than $16 million. Dunlap was released because Seattle desperately needed salary cap space and letting go of the pass rusher saved the Seahawks $14.1 million. But there was optimism about bringing Dunlap back to Seattle depending on what the free agent market yielded. Dunlap, 32, was a major boost to Seattle’s pass rush following his midseason arrival in a trade from Cincinnati. He appeared in eight regular-season games for the Seahawks with five sacks and 14 quarterback hits. He was the spark for a Seattle pass rush that was among the better units in the league over the second half of the season.
Detroit Lions — Signed linebacker Alex Anzalone, who started in nine of 16 games last season and made 41 tackles for New Orleans. He started in 20 of 38 games with the Saints over four seasons, making four sacks, forcing three fumbles, intercepting a pass and totaling 122 tackles.
Dallas Cowboys — Agreed with free agent safety Keanu Neal on a $5 million, one-year deal that will reunite the former Atlanta player with new Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday. Neal spent his first five seasons with the Falcons after getting drafted in the first round in 2016 when Quinn was coach. Quinn was fired last season and joined the Cowboys this offseason. Neal missed most of 2018 with a torn ACL in his left knee and then was out almost all of 2019 after tearing his left Achilles tendon. The 25-year-old played 15 games last season. The best season for Neal was 2017, when he made the Pro Bowl after 83 solo tackles and four tackles for loss, along with the first of his two career interceptions.
Washington Football Team — Re-signed offensive tackle David Sharpe to a one-year deal. The Raiders traded Sharpe to Washington at the start of the 2020 regular season. He started a pair of games for the Football Team, appearing in 10. Sharpe was originally a Raiders fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. When the club cut him in 2018, he spent time with Houston before the Raiders claimed him off waivers inn November of that year. Overall, Sharpe has six starts in four seasons and has appeared in 34 games.
Houston Texans — Re-signed Vernon Hargreaves, 25, to a one-year contract. Hargreaves started every game for the Texans last season. He was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick in 2016. Hargreaves produced 72 combined tackles, a tackle for loss, seven pass breakups, and an interception last season.
Seattle Seahawks — Cut veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap in a move that for now saves $14.1 million against the team’s 2021 salary cap. The Seahawks and Dunlap tried to work out a longer-term deal. As part of the agreement when the team acquired Dunlap from Cincinnati last fall, Seattle will now let Dunlap test the market, hoping to get him back. The team appeared to signal their strong intention to retain Dunlap on a different contract in a story on its website announcing the move that stated “the door is very much still open for a return in 2021.” Still, for now Dunlap is free to sign with any other team and he figures to have suitors after the way he performed down the stretch in 2020. Speculation on Dunlap’s future grew when the team and Dunlap agreed to a restructured contract after he was traded from the Bengals to Seattle on Oct. 28. At that time, Dunlap agreed to cut the $4.59 million salary he was due for the rest of the 2020 season to $2 million. That money would’ve turned into a $3 million bonus if he were on the Seahawks roster on the fifth day of the 2021 league year (March 22).
New England Patriots — Tackle Trent Brown will head back to the New England Patriots two years after signing a lucrative free agent deal to join the Raiders. A person familiar with the trade says the Raiders agreed Tuesday to deal Brown to New England and that Brown will rework his contract, which had two non-guaranteed years for $29.25 million remaining, to an $11 million, one-year deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be finalized until the start of the new league year March 17. NFL Network first reported the trade that also includes a swap of 2022 draft picks, with the Raiders getting a fifth-rounder from New England and sending a seventh-round pick back to the Patriots. Brown was a prominent part of an expensive 2019 free agent class that didn’t work out for the Raiders. He signed a $66 million, four-year contract but missed 16 of 32 games and was limited to less than 10 snaps in two others.
New York Jets — Placed the franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye, a steady playmaker and leader with whom the team hopes to work out a long-term deal. The move Monday night was expected and prevents Maye from becoming an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 17. NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag on a pending free agent. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the move. ESPN first reported the Jets’ plan to use the franchise tag. The tag for a safety is expected to be worth around $10.5 million this year. By using the franchise tag, the sides have until July 15 to work out a new contract or Maye would have to sign the franchise tag tender to play in 2021. Maye, who turns 28 on Tuesday, joins Denver safety Justin Simmons and Washington guard Brandon Scherff as players to be franchise tagged this offseason. He's also the first Jets player to be tagged since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2016. Wilkerson was signed to a long-term contract later that summer, and that's the hope for both sides with Maye — whom general manager Joe Douglas said in January would be a top priority for the team this offseason. The 2017 second-round pick out of Florida has been a key presence on the field and in the locker room since joining the Jets and was voted the team MVP by teammates last season. Maye was second on New York with 78 tackles to go along with two interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a team-leading 11 passes defensed.
New York Mets — Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after five years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets.
New York Yankees — Darren O’Day is guaranteed $3.15 million in his contract with the New York Yankees, which has both player and team options for 2022. The 38-year-old right-hander gets $1.75 million this year in the deal announced Wednesday. The contract includes a $1.4 million player option for 2022 and, if he declines his option, the Yankees would decide on a $3.15 million team option with a $700,000 buyout. O’Day was 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over 19 games last year with Atlanta, striking out 22 and walking five while allowing eight hits. O’Day is a 13-year major league veteran, going 40-19 with a 2.51 ERA and 600 strikeouts and 158 walks in 576 2/3 innings for the Los Angeles Angels (2008), New York Mets (2009), Texas (2009-11), Baltimore (2012-18) and Braves (2019-20).
New York Giants — Signed center Jonotthan Harrison to a futures contract. Harrison spent the 2020 season on the Bills practice squad. He started 19 games for the Jets over the previous three seasons and opened his career by making 23 starts in three seasons with the Colts.
Los Angeles Rams — Waived linebacker Jachai Polite, who last played for the Rams in Week 12. He had four tackles and a sack while seeing most of his playing time on special teams in 11 appearances. Polite was a 2019 third-round pick by the Jets, but failed to make the team out of training camp. Polite spent time with the Seahawks before winding up on the Rams practice squad last year.
Miami Dolphins — Signed running back Jordan Scarlett to futures deal. Scarlett, a Carolina Panthers fifth-round pick in 2019 draft, had four carries for nine yards in 2019. Joined Detroit Lions practice squad in December.
New York Giants — Signed defensive back Quincy Wilson to a reserve/future contract. Wilson was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 16, nine days after he was released by the Jets. He has played in 32 regular-season games with 11 starts and had 61 tackles (49 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defensed. Wilson also had seven tackles (five solo) in two postseason games with the 2018 Indianapolis Colts. He was selected by the Colts from Florida in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. This season, he started one of the three games in which he played for the Jets and had one tackle.
Baltimore Ravens — Signed punter Johnny Townsend off the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad, giving Baltimore insurance in case veteran Sam Koch cannot play in Sunday's regular-season finale in Cincinnati. The Ravens have familiarity with Townsend after he spent a little more than a week with the team during this year's training camp. He was released Sept. 5 and signed by the Chiefs in mid-November. After setting the school record for punting average at Florida, Townsend was a fifth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2018. He punted for them for one season, averaging 43.2 yards per punt and was released the following summer. He spent a week with the New York Giants during training camp in 2019.
CHICAGO BEARS — Signed DB Teez Tabor, a 2017 second-round pick, to the practice squad. Detroit drafted Tabor at No. 53 overall , but he started only five games and hasn’t played since 2018. He was with the 49ers last year and this year but didn't make it to the active roster. They Niners waived him in July with a non-football injury. Tabor played in 12 games (four starts) for the Lions in 2018.
L.A. Rams — Restored DE Jachai Polite to the practice squad. Polite, 22, was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 list earlier in December but has now cleared the league's protocols. Polite has four tackles and one sack in 11 games for the Rams this season, though for now he remains on the practice squad.
Indiana Pacers — Cut from roster forward Devin Robinson. Robinson has some previous NBA experience with the Wizards but spent the ’19/20 campaign in the G League. He was on a non-guaranteed contract.
Tampa Bay Rays — Signed free agent catcher Mike Zunino to a $2 million, one-year contract Wednesday that includes a club option for 2022. The option is worth $4 million, could reach $7 million with incentives and includes a $1 million buyout. Zunino appeared in 28 games, including 25 starts, for Tampa Bay in 2020. The 29-year-old is considered a solid defender and has significant power but has struggled to make contact. He hit .147 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 2020.
San Francisco Giants — Signed right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to a $6 million, one-year contract. In his sixth season with the Reds, DeSclafani went 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA over nine games — seven starts — spanning 33 2/3 innings in 2020. DeSclafani missed all of 2017 with an elbow injury but has otherwise been fairly durable, making at least 20 starts in 2015, ‘16, ’18 and '19.
Denver Broncos — Placed CB Duke Dawson on IR with an ACL tear.
New York Jets — Designated RB La'Mical Perine to return to practice from IR. Perine has been sidelined three games with a high ankle sprain.
Detroit Lions — Signed running back Jordan Scarlett to the practice squad. Scarlett was a fifth-round pick (154 overall) in the 2019 draft by the Carolina Panthers and played in nine games during his rookie season but only rushed the ball four times for nine yards. He finished his rookie year by being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and then was released after 2020 training camp.
Chicago White Sox — Traded Dane Dunning to Texas Rangers. Dunning, who turns 26 this month, went 2-0 with a 3.97 ERA in seven starts as a rookie in 2020. He had 35 strikeouts in 34 innings. He started Game 3 of the AL wild-card series against the Oakland Athletics but was pulled after four batters, allowing two hits and recording two outs, in the season-ending 6-4 loss. Dunning missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and recovered to join the Sox rotation for the stretch drive as they made their first playoff appearance since 2008. "I would like to thank the White Sox for giving me the experience of a lifetime," Dunning wrote on Twitter. "I'm excited to start my journey as a Texas Ranger!"
Los Angeles Rams — Waived outside linebacker Jachai Polite. Polite played in 11 games and had four tackles, including a sack. If Polite clears waivers, the Rams would like to re-sign him to the practice squad.
Los Angeles Clippers — Release backup center Joakim Noah. Noah, 35, is expected to retire after 12 NBA seasons. Noah was the NBA's top defender in 2013-14 and was named to its all-defense team three times, but in recent seasons several injuries had taken their toll. He played in seven games with the Clippers last season.
New York Jets — Placed running back La'Mical Perine on injured reserve. Perine, a fourth-round pick out of Florida, has a high ankle sprain and coach Adam Gase said Monday the running back would likely be out a few weeks. The rookie also missed time early this season with a high ankle sprain, but it’s uncertain if the injury is to the same foot. Perine had seen increased action in the past few games for the Jets while splitting carries with Frank Gore. He had his second touchdown run of his career against the Chargers before leaving. Perine has rushed for 202 yards on 55 carries, and has 10 catches for 49 yards.
Philadelphia 76ers — Traded Al Horford to Oklahoma City. The 76ers traded Horford more than a year after he was considered a ballyhooed free-agent signing away from rival Boston. Horford didn’t have the expected impact in the first season of a four-year contract worth $97 million and lost his starting spot late in the season. The Thunder are on the hook for Horford’s $27.5 million salary this season.Horford averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his lone season with the Sixers.
Jacksonville Jaguars — Placed rookie cornerback CJ Henderson on injured reserve Thursday with a groin injury, Henderson is required to be on IR for a minimum of three games, meaning the earliest he could return would be Dec. 13 against Tennessee.
Philadelphia 76ers — Traded Al Horford to the Thunder. 76ers traded Horford more than a year after he was considered a ballyhooed free-agent signing away from rival Boston. Horford didn’t have the expected impact in the first season of a four-year contract worth $97 million and lost his starting spot late in the season. The Thunder are on the hook for Horford’s $27.5 million salary this season. Horford averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his lone season with the Sixers.
New York Jets — Placed cornerback Brian Poole on injured reserve with shoulder and knee injuries. Poole, the Jets' starting nickel back, was hurt against New England. He has 42 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed in his second season with the Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs — Signed punter Johnny Townsend to the practice squad. Johnny’s younger brother, Tommy, is a rookie for the Chiefs on the 53-man roster. Johnny was a fifth-round draft pick by the Raiders in 2018. He only lasted a season there, but had opportunities with the Giants and most recently the Ravens.
Los Angeles Chargers — Signed veteran safety Jaylen Watkins to the practice squad. Watkins was with the Chargers the past two seasons and appeared in 14 games with three starts last year.
New York Jets — Released CB Quincy Wilson. The Jets acquired Wilson in exchange for a sixth-round pick in a draft-day trade with the Colts, who drafted him in the second round in 2017. He played in three games this season (one start) and has 62 career tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 8 pass defenses in 32 games (11 starts).
San Francisco 49ers — Activated tight end Jordan Reed from injured reserve.
Seattle Seahawks — Carlos Dunlap made it clear he wanted out of Cincinnati and got his wish. The Seattle Seahawks hope by getting Dunlap out of Cincinnati, they've landed an answer to help solve their underperforming defense. In dire need of defensive help, the Seahawks acquired Dunlap from the Bengals on Wednesday, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the trade. Dunlap was thoroughly unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati, to the point of briefly putting his house for sale on social media last weekend. The Bengals found a willing buyer in Seattle. The Seahawks have been in desperate need to solve their pass rush issues that have been a key part of a defense that ranks last in the league in yards allowed and passing yards allowed through the first six games of the season. Dunlap, 31, has spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016. He had 46 sacks between 2015-19 and had eight sacks last year for Cincinnati. This season, Dunlap has started four games and had one sack and 18 tackles. He'll finish his career in Cincinnati one sack shy of tying the franchise's all-time mark.
New York Jets — Activated rookie defensive end Jabari Zuniga from injured reserve and he could make his NFL debut Sunday at Kansas City. Zuniga, a third-round draft pick out of Florida, had been sidelined since training camp with a quadriceps injury. He was designated to return from IR on Oct. 7, so the Jets had to make a decision on him this week. Zuniga had 18 1/2 sacks during his career with the Gators, and could help boost the Jets' pass rush. He called himself “the steal of the draft” shortly after New York picked him, and he could get a chance to start to prove it when the 0-7 Jets take on the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
Buffalo Bills — Elevated defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. from the practice squad to the active roster. Cox Jr. will see his first action of 2020. Cox has played in 25 career games since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017 after his collegiate career at Florida. Cox has 29 career tackles.
Cleveland Browns — Elevated DT Joey Ivie to the active roster from the practice squad. Ivie is a second-year player, who was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Florida Gator saw action for the first time in his career, playing in five games for the Kansas City Chiefs and three contests for the Tennessee Titans. A native of Dade City, Ivie has spent the first four weeks of the 2020 season on the Browns' practice squad. He will wear No. 66.
Seattle Seahawks — Signed DE Jonathan Bullard off the Cardinals practice squad
New York Jets — Designated DE Jabari Zuniga to return to practice from IR
San Francisco 49ers — Tight end Jordan Reed suffered an MCL sprain last Sunday. Given the nature of the sprain, it's possible Reed could miss 6-8 weeks.
Indianapolis Colts — Recalled tight end Trey Burton from injured reserve.
Buffalo Bills — Signed center Jonotthan Harrison to practice squad. Harrison started 10 games last season for the New York Jets and eight the previous season. He has appeared in 84 games in three years with the Indianapolis Colts and three with the Jets. He was released by the Jets earlier this month.
Miami Dolphins — Receiver Antonio Callaway, who was previously suspended for 10 games in November 2019, now will be eligible to return to play once his team plays seven games in 2020. Callaway is on the Dolphins’ practice squad.
Los Angeles Chargers — Placed center Mike Pouncey on injured reserve and he will miss the season because of a hip injury.
General manager Tom Telesco said Thursday that Pouncey will undergo surgery before the end of the month.
Pouncey is in his 10th season and is in the final year of his contract. He played in only five games last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was released by the Miami Dolphins in 2018 before signing with the Chargers. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the fourth time in his career in his first season in LA.
“On top of being a Pro Bowl talent, he’s the ultimate captain, teammate and competitor. Quite simply, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around," Telesco said. "I’m happy he’ll remain around the team throughout the season, and all of us wish Mike a successful procedure and speedy recovery.”
The 31-year old Pouncey missed most of 2016 with the Dolphins because of hip issues. He has had surgery on both hips in recent years as well as stem cell therapy. He told Miami reporters in 2017 that doctors expected him to need hip replacement surgery in five to 10 years.
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.