A lot at stake for former Alabama players as NFL makes cuts
The National Football League’s deadline for teams to get down to 75 players was 4 p.m. (ET) today, and with most moves having already been announced the vast majority of former University of Alabama players survived the initial cut.
The exceptions were offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell, linebacker Jerrell Harris and cornerback Deion Belue (injuried), while offensive lineman Mike Johnson will miss his second straight season with the Atlanta Falcons after being placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury.
The final cuts down to 53 players will be made Saturday, after every team plays its final game of the preseason (all times ET):
Atlanta at Jacksonville, 6p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
New York Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NFL Network
St. Louis at Miami, 7 p.m.
Kansas City at Green Bay, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
New England at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., NBC
Baltimore at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston, 8 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego, 10 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m., NFL Network
Alabama has 44 active players in various training camps, although Barrett Jones (back), AJ McCarron and Terrence Cody could all end up on injury/physically unable to perform lists.
There are two groups of players to especially keep an eye on at this point, the players who signed as free agents, and those just off their initial contracts.
The first group includes guard Anthony Steen in Arizona and linebacker Adrian Hubbard in Green Bay. All of the other undrafted rookies have already been sent packing.
As for the latter, consider Alabama’s draft players from 2009-10:
1, 6, Andre Smith Bengals, T, signed a 3-year $18 million contract
3, 74, Glen Coffee 49ers RB, retired
3, 77, Antoine Caldwell, Texans, C, out of football last year, recently released by the Jagaurs
3, 95 Rashad Johnson, Cardinals, S, signed 3-year $3.60 million contract
Round, Pick, Name, Team, Pos., Status
1 8, Rolando McClain, Raiders, LB, attempting comebacker with Cowboys
1, 20, Kareem Jackson, Texans, DB, due to make $3 million in last year of initial 5-year contract
2, 50, Javier Arenas, Chiefs, DB, has 1-year $795,00 contract with Falcons
2, 57, Terrence Cody, Ravens, DT, has 1-year, $730,000 contract
3, 98, Mike Johnson, Falcons, G, has 1-year, $675,000 contract
7, 211, Marquis Johnson, Rams, DB, out of NFL
7, 247, Brandon Deaderick, Patriots, LB, has 1-year, $730,000 contract with Jaguars
Nevertheless, to give an idea of what’s at stake, consider the contracts that this year’s drafted players signed (all for four years):
C.J. Mosley, first, $8.78 million
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, first, $8.33
Cyrus Kouandjio, second, $4.81
Kevin Norwood, fourth, $2.64
Ed Stinson, fifth, $2.41
AJ McCarron, fifth, $2.40
Vinnie Sunseri, fifth, $2.40
Jeoffrey Pagan, sixth, $2.35
Alabama players in the pros (updated August 26)
NFL rosters must be trimmed to 75 players by tonight, 53 players Aug. 30.
Javier Arenas, Atlanta Falcons, CB
Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, S
James Carpenter, Seattle Seahawks, G
Josh Chapman, Indianapolis Colts, NT
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers, S
Terrence Cody, Baltimore Ravens, DT (on physically unable to perform list)
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills, DT
Brandon Deaderick, New Orleans Saints, DE
Quinton Dial, San Francisco 49ers, DT
D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers, T
Wallace Gilberry, Cincinnati Bengals, DE
Roman Harper, Carolina Panthers, S
Dont’a Hightower, New England Patriots, LB
Adrian Hubbard, Green Bay Packers, LB
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints, RB
Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans, CB
Jarret Johnson, San Diego Chargers, LB
Nico Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, LB
Rashad Johnson, Arizona Cardinals, S
Barrett Jones, St. Louis Rams, OL
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons, WR
Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals, CB
Cyrus Kouandjio, Buffalo Bills, OL
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers, RB
Robert Lester, Carolina Panthers, S
Evan Mathis, Philadelphia Eagles, G
A.J. McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals, QB (non-football injury list)
Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys, LB
Dee Milliner, New York Jets, CB
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens, LB
Kevin Norwood, Seattle Seahawks, WR
Jeoffrey Pagan, Houston Texans, DL
Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts, RB
DeMeco Ryans, Philadelphia Eagles, LB
Brad Smelley, St. Louis Rams, TE
Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals, T
Damion Square, Philadelphia Eagles, DL
Anthony Steen, Arizona Cardinals, OL
Ed Stinson, Arizona Cardinals, DE
Vinnie Sunseri, New Orleans Saints, S
Carson Tinker, Jacksonville Jaguars, LS
Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore Ravens, LB
Chance Warmack, Tennessee Titans, G
Michael Williams, Detroit Lions, T
Mike Johnson, Atlanta Falcons, G
Jesse Williams, Seattle Seahawks, DT
Team-by-team list with jersey numbers
Arizona Cardinals: Rashad Johnson, 26, S; Antony Steen 71, G; Ed Stinson, 72, DE
Atlanta Falcons: Javier Arenas, 28, CB; Mike Johnson, 79, G; Julio Jones, 11, WR
Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody, 62, DT; C.J Mosley, 57, LB; Courtney Upshaw, 91, LB
Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, 99, DT; Cyrus Kouandjio, 71, T
Carolina Panthers: Roman Harper, 41, S; Robert Lester, 38, S
Chicago Bears: None
Cincinnati Bengals: Wallace Gilberry, 95, DL; Dre Kirkpatrick, 27, CB; A.J. McCarron, 5, QB; Andre Smith, 71, T
Cleveland Browns: None
Dallas Cowboys: Rolando McClain, 55, LB
Denver Broncos: None
Detroit Lions: Michael Williams, 89, T
Green Bay Packers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 21, S; Adrian Hubbard, 49, LB; Eddie Lacy, 27, RB
Houston Texans: Kareem Jackson, 25, CB; Jeoffrey Pagan, 97, DL
Indianapolis Colts: Josh Chapman, 96, DT; Trent Richardson, 34, RB
Jacksonville Jaguars: Carson Tinker, 46, LS
Kansas City Chiefs: Nico Johnson, 57, LB
Miami Dolphins: None
Minnesota Vikings: None
New England Patriots: Dont’a Hightower, 54, LB
New Orleans: Brandon Deaderick, 67, DL; Mark Ingram, 22, RB; Vinnie Sunseri, 43, S
New York Giants: None
New York Jets: Dee Milliner, 27, CB
Oakland Raiders: None
Philadelphia Eagles: Evan Mathis, 69, G; DeMeco Ryans, 59, LB; Damion Square, 77, DT
Pittsburgh Steelers: None
St. Louis Rams: Barrett Jones, 67, OL; Brad Smelley, 47, TE
San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, 76, T; Jarret Johnson, 96, LB
San Francisco 49ers: Quinton Dial, 92, DL
Seattle Seahawks: James Carpenter, 77, T; Kevin Norwood, 81, WR; Jesse Williams, 90, DT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron, 23, S
Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, 70, G
Washington Redskins: None
Calgary Stampeders: Juwan Simpson, 12, LB
(Montreal Alouettes: Duron Carter, 89, WR)
(Note: This story will be updated Tuesday evening if necessary)