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2021 NFL roster cuts tracker — Who’s in and who’s out for all 32 teams


Teams in the NFL are required to cut their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Cuts come earlier this season as teams had three preseason games — not four — to accommodate the 17-game regular season schedule.

The biggest names let go are New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and New Orleans Saints running back Devonta Freeman. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore will start the season on the the physically unable to perform list.

A week after former first-round pick Josh Rosen signed with the Falcons, the quarterback ended up making the team’s initial 53-man roster.

Here’s a look at the biggest move by each team and all the cuts:

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AFC EAST

Biggest move: The Dolphins cutting Benardrick McKinney is a surprise after trading for the former Houston Texans linebacker this offseason; that deal is officially a wash for both sides as Houston traded former Dolphins defensive end Shaq Lawson the day before McKinney was cut. Matt Skura‘s release would come as a surprise a few months ago but his fate was essentially sealed when Miami traded for Greg Mancz. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Waived/released: LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, CB Cre’Von LeBlanc, LB Benardrick McKinney, OT Adam Pankey, OL Matt Skura, OL Cameron Tom, CB Javaris Davis, RB Gerrid Doaks, CB Tino Ellis, LB Shaquem Griffin, S Nate Holley, LB Kylan Johnson, DT Benito Jones, RB Patrick Laird, DE Jonathan Ledbetter, WR Kai Locksley, WR Khalil McClain, WR Kirk Merritt, LB Calvin Munson, TE Chris Myarick, WR Malcolm Perry, OG Durval Queiroz Neto, DE Tyshun Render, RB Jordan Scarlett, QB Reid Sinnett, DE Jason Strowbridge, FB Carl Tucker

Reserve/suspended: CB Jaytlin Askew, OT Larnel Coleman

AFC NORTH

Biggest move: The Ravens cut Trace McSorley, which means Baltimore will go with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster for the first time in Lamar Jackson‘s four seasons. Last season, the Ravens were forced to use four quarterbacks because of injury and a COVID-19 outbreak. This year, Baltimore is going with Tyler Huntley as the only quarterback behind Jackson. The Ravens are hoping McSorley clears waivers and can get signed to the practice squad. Baltimore also released veterans Pernell McPhee and Anthony Levine., but both are expected to get re-signed after wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin get placed on short-term injured reserve. — Jamison Hensley

Traded: CB Shaun Wade, C Greg Mancz, OL Ben Bredeson

Waived/released: QB Trace McSorley, DT Justin Ellis, DB/LB Anthony Levine., OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Chris Smith, TE Eric Tomlinson, WR Devin Gray, WR Siaosi Mariner, OL Michael Schofield, OT Adrian Ealy, FB/TE Ben Mason, RB Nate McCrary, WR Jaylon Moore, TE Tony Poljan, OT Foster Sarell, DT Jovan Swann, K Jake Verity, WR Binjimen Victor, DB Nigel Warrior

Injured reserve: RB J.K. Dobbins

Injury-waived: ILB Otaro Alaka, WR Deon Cain, DT Aaron Crawford

Non-Football Injury: OT Ja’Wuan James


Biggest move: Cincinnati showed some aggressiveness when it came to trimming their offensive line in the preseason. On Monday, the Bengals traded 2018 first-round pick Billy Price to the New York Giants in exchange for DT B.J. Hill. Then on Tuesday, the team waived 2019 fourth-round pick Mike Jordan, who started 19 games over the past two seasons with the club. — Ben Baby

Traded: C Billy Price

Waived/released: DT Mike Daniels, TE Mason Schreck, DE Noah Spence, WR Trent Taylor, LB Joe Bachie, DE Amani Bledsoe, CB Tony Brown, P Drue Chrisman, S Trayvon Henderson, LB Keandre Jones, G Michael Jordan, DT Kahlil McKenzie, TE Thaddeus Moss, RB Jacques Patrick, CB Antonio Phillips, CB Winston Rose, K Austin Seibert, QB Kyle Shurmur, OL Keaton Sutherland, OT Gunnar Vogel, WR Scotty Washington, RB Pooka Williams, RB Trayveon Williams, DT Renell Wren

Reserve/Non-Football Injury: OT Hakeem Adeniji, DE Wyatt Hubert, DE Joseph Ossai


Biggest move: The Browns had several potential special teams stalwarts fighting for the last spots on the 53-man roster, including WR KhaDarel Hodge, LB Elijah Lee and WR JoJo Natson. But in the end, Cleveland elected to keep four running backs instead, including D’Ernest Johnson, who along with rookie RB Demetric Felton, now figures to play a big role in the return game. — Jake Trotter

Waived/released: S Elijah Benton, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, TE Jordan Franks, OL Colby Gossett, DE Porter Gustin, LB Willie Harvey Jr, WR KhaDarel Hodge, DE Joe Jackson, RB John Kelly, QB Kyle Lauletta, DE Cameron Malveaux, TE Kyle Markway, S Jovante Moffatt, OL Javon Patterson, S Sheldrick Redwine, CB Emmanuel Rugamba, LB Tegray Scales, FB Johnny Stanton IV, OL Alex Taylor, DE Curtis Weaver, DT Marvin Wilson, CB Brian Allen, DT Sheldon Day, LB Elijah Lee, WR JoJo Natson

Reserve/suspended: OG Drew Forbes, OT Greg Senat, WR Davion Davis


Biggest move: As it became clear throughout training camp, QB Dwayne Haskins played his way onto Pittsburgh’s roster. Haskins rounds out the quarterback group headlined by Ben Roethlisberger and featuring Mason Rudolph as the primary backup. Josh Dobbs, who was vying for the third spot, landed on IR with a season-ending injury sustained in the final preseason game. Beyond the quarterback battle, the Steelers made unexpected cuts on the interior offensive line, keeping just two guards in Kevin Dotson and Trai Turner. The team released B.J. Finney and Rashaad Coward, who each had a compelling case to make the team as a versatile backup. Coward filled in with the first team while Dotson recovered from an early camp ankle injury, and Finney was capable of playing either guard spot, along with center. For now, the offensive line has just eight members: tackles Chukwuma Okorafor, Dan Moore Jr., Zach Banner and Joe Haeg; centers Kendrick Green and J.C. Hassenauer; and guards Dotson and Turner. — Brooke Pryor

Waived/released: WR Rico Bussey, WR Cody White, RB Trey Edmunds, RB Jaylen Samuels, OL Rashaad Coward, OL BJ Finney, OL Chaz Green, OL John Leglue, TE Kevin Rader, LB Cassius Marsh, LB Quincy Roche, LB Jamar Watson, DB Mark Gilbert, DB Arthur Maulet, DB Donovan Stiner, P Jordan Berry, LS Kameron Canaday

Reserve/suspended: QB Josh Dobbs

AFC SOUTH

Biggest move: The Colts didn’t make any surprise cuts to get their roster down to 53 players. There wasn’t much competition outside of who would be the team’s backup quarterback — or potential starter — during camp. Jacob Eason was the frontrunner for most of training camp over Sam Ehlinger. He officially locked up the position when Ehlinger went down with a knee injury that will keep him out several weeks. Ehlinger’s injury leaves the Colts with just two quarterbacks (Eason and Carson Wentz ) on the roster. It wouldn’t be surprising if they added another one until Ehlinger returns. One intriguing thing the Colts did do is show their premium on having pass-rushers, as they kept six defensive ends on the roster. — Mike Wells

Waived/released: WR Tarik Black, LB Curtis Bolton, DT Andrew Brown, CB Anthony Chesley, DT Kameron Cline, S Shawn Davis, OL Jake Eldrenkamp, TE Farrod Green, WR DeMichael Harris, CB Holton Hill, RB, Deon Jackson, LB Malik Jefferson, Isaiah Kaufusi, RB Benny LeMay, OL Carter O’Donnell, WR Tyler Vaughns, TE Kahale Warring, S Ibraheim Campbell, S Sean Davis, OL Will Holden, QB Brett Hundley, OL Joey Hunt

Reserve/suspended/waived/injured: TE Jordan Thomas, TE Andrew Vollert, DE Dayo Odeyingbo


Biggest move: This was a critical camp for DT Taven Bryan heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and he survived to make the initial roster despite missing time on the non-football injury list and the reserve/COVID-19 list at the beginning of training camp. The team’s 2018 first-round pick has been disappointing and lost his starting job last season to undrafted rookie Doug Costin (who didn’t make the roster this season), but defensive coordinator Joe Cullen raved about Bryan’s strength last week and said he needs to work on finishing plays. — Mike DiRocco

Traded: QB Gardner Minshew II, CB Sidney Jones IV

Waived/released: CB Lorenzo Burns, WR Jalen Camp, DT Doug Costin, WR Jeff Cotton Jr., RB Nathan Cottrell, TE Tyler Davis, TE Ben Ellefson, WR Josh Hammond, WR Collin Johnson, WR Tevin Jones, QB Jake Luton, OL KC McDermott, RB Devine Ozigbo, OL Austen Pleasants, DB Brandon Rusnak, OL Badara Traore, OL Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms and LB Quincy Williams

Released: WR Pharoh Cooper, WR Phillip Dorsett II, OL Jermaine Eluemunor, WR Devin Smith, WR Laquon Treadwell, S Jarrod Wilson

Reserve/injured: S Josh Jones

Reserve/non-football injury: LB Dylan Moses


Biggest move: Releasing fourth-rounder Dez Fitzpatrick is a surprising move. The Titans traded fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to the Panthers to move up and select Fitzpatrick with the 109th pick this year. Fitzpatrick struggled early in camp. Earlier this month, coach Mike Vrabel said the rookie had to do “a lot” to earn more significant reps. Fitzpatrick seemed to settle in once the Titans went to Tampa for joint practices with the Buccaneers, highlighted by a 23-yard touchdown reception in their preseason matchup. But his late push wasn’t enough even though the Titans kept seven receivers on their 53-man roster. — Turron Davenport

Waived/released: OL Cole Banwart, DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, WR Fred Brown, S Jamal Carter, FB Tory Carter, OL Christian DiLauro, WR Dez Fitzpatrick, TE Miller Forristall, OL Derwin Gray, DL Woodrow Hamilton, RB Javian Hawkins, LB Jan Johnson, DL Naquan Jones, WR Mason Kinsey, TE Jared Pinkney, OLB Wyatt Ray, OL Jordan Roos

AFC WEST

Biggest move: The Chiefs, mindful of last year’s Super Bowl disaster, kept 10 offensive linemen and an 11th, Kyle Long, on the physically unable to perform list. Included are eight players who weren’t with the team last year. That should fortify them against the string of line injuries that wound up ruining the end to their 2020 season. — Adam Teicher

Traded: OL Yasir Durant

Waived/released: S Zayne Anderson, CB Dicaprio Bootle, QB Shane Buechele, CB Marlon Character, DT Tyler Clark, DB Rodney Clemons, LB Omari Cobb, WR Gehrig Dieter, DT Austin Edwards, WR Maurice Ffrench, RB Derrick Gore, DE Demone Harris, WR Marcus Kemp, S Devon Key, CB BoPete Keyes, OT Wyatt Miller, WR Cornell Powell, WR Dalton Schoen, WR Darrius Shepherd, LB Emmanuel Smith, RB Darwin Thompson, OT Prince Tega Wanogho, DE Tim Ward, OL Darryl Williams

Reserve/suspended: DL Malik Herring, OL Kyle Long


Biggest move: One of the biggest mysteries in camp is who would win the kicker battle between Michael Badgley and Tristan Vizcaino and now we know the Money Badger is no more. Vizcaino made three field goals last year for the 49ers and has been fairly consistent this training camp. Badgley made 24-of-33 last year and was booed by fans at preseason games. And so, it was decided by coach Brandon Staley on cutdown day Tuesday. Vizcaino gets the nod. He doesn’t have the experience of Badgley but is said to have the stronger leg. — Shelley Smith

Waived/released: K Michael Badgley, WR Michael Bandy, OLB Davin Bellamy, RB Darius Bradwell. CB John Brannon III, DL Cortez Broughton. LB Cole Christiansen, DB Ben DeLuca, LB Nate Evans. OLB Emeke Egbule, DL Breiden Fehoko, OLB Joe Gaziano, G Nate Gilliam, WR Darius Harper. G Ryan Hunter, WR John Hurst, WR Tyron Johnson, TE Hunter Kampmoyer, OLB Jessie Lemonier, WR Jason Moore Jr. WR Joe Reed, CB KJ Sails, TE Matt Sokol, CB Donte Vaughn, DL Willie Yarbary.

NFC EAST

Biggest move: There shouldn’t be an immediate shock that the Cowboys’ 53-man roster does not have a long-snapper with Jake McQuaide‘s release, but let’s explain. With six players needing to be on the roster for a day before heading to injured reserve, the Cowboys had to get creative. Dallas has five COVID-19 exemptions for CeeDee Lamb, Connor Williams, Damontae Kazee, Carlos Watkins and Noah Brown. McQuaide, who does not go through waivers because he is a veteran, makes up the last spot and will be re-signed in a day or two and will get his spot back. — Todd Archer

Waived/released: QB Garrett Gilbert, S Darian Thompson, CB Deante Burton, LS Jake McQuaide, OT Eric Smith, TE Jeremy Sprinkle, DT Justin Hamilton, WR Johnnie Dixon, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Osirus Mitchell, WR Reggie Davis, WR Aaron Parker, S Steven Parker, RB Brenden Knox, RB JaQuan Hardy, S Tyler Coyle, fb Nick Ralston, TE Nick Eubanks, TE Artayvious Lynn, DE Austin Faoliu, OL Isaac Alarcon, OL Braylon Jones, WR Brandon Smith, DE Ron’Dell Carter

Reserve/physically unable to perform: DT Trysten Hill

Reserve/non-football injury: WR T.J. Vasher

Reserve/COVID-19: WR CeeDee Lamb, S Damontae Kazee, DT Carlos Watkins, OL Connor Williams, WR Noah Brown


Biggest move: The Giants traded for two interior linemen (Billy Price from the Bengals and Ben Bredeson from the Ravens) in the past two days. They needed to upgrade the line. It was also somewhat surprising they cut outside linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo after paying him $1 million to sign this offseason and kept two fullbacks. Granted, Cullen Gillaspia is more of a special teamer and Eli Penny doubles as a tailback. Expect more moves to come. New York did leave itself incredibly thin at tight end with Evan Engram (calf) and Kyle Rudolph (foot) questionable for Week 1.— Jordan Raanan

Waived/released: QB Brian Lewerke, RB Corey Clement, RB Sandro Platzgummer, TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart, TE Jake Hausmann, WR Matt Cole, WR David Sills V, WR Damion Willis, OL Chad Slade, OT Jackson Barton, OL Brett Heggie, C Jonotthan Harrison, G Kenny Wiggins, OL Jake Burton, DL David Moa, DL Willie Henry, DL Elijah Qualls, ILB Devante Downs, OLB Ifeadi Odenigbo, OLB Niko Lalos, CB Madre Harper, DB Jordyn Peters, DB Chris Johnson, OLB Ryan Anderson, LS Casey Kreiter

Injured reserve: OL Ted Larsen, WR Alex Bachman, WR Austin Mack

Physically unable to perform: CB Aaron Robinson


Biggest move: The Eagles waived wide receiver Travis Fulgham, who led the team in receiving yards last season with 539. He was one of the most productive wideouts in football over a five-game stretch, catching 29 balls for 435 yards with four touchdowns between Weeks 4-8, but cooled considerably down the stretch. He followed that with an inconsistent training camp. Fulgham has now been waived by three different teams since entering the league with the Detroit Lions in 2019. — Tim McManus

Traded: OL Matt Pryor

Waived/released: S Andrew Adams, T Le’Raven Clark, RB Jordan Howard, DT Hassan Ridgeway, TE Richard Rodgers, CB Kevon Seymour, S Grayland Arnold, OL Kayode Awosika, WR Travis Fulgham, WR John Hightower, RB Jason Huntley, CB Michael Jacquet, CB Craig James, DE Matt Leo, G Sua Opeta, WR Andre Patton, OL Ross Pierschbacher, S Elijah Riley, LB JaCoby Stevens, DT Raequan Williams

Reserve/suspended: S Blake Countess (reserve/injured), DT T.Y. McGill (reserve/COVID-19).


Biggest move: Cutting running back Peyton Barber, because it signals a thought process. Two weeks ago he was a lock. And Barber might return, but Washington wanted to keep youth elsewhere – including undrafted back Jaret Patterson, who impressed during those two weeks. It’s not that Barber is great, but he fit a specific role for them as a short-yardage runner and replacement for Antonio Gibson. But the team remains in a building phase and therefore didn’t make moves designed to win now. It was evident with other players, including tight end Sammis Reyes and defensive end Shaka Toney. Both factor much bigger down the road than now. — John Keim

Waived/released: WR Isaiah Wright, WR Tony Brown, RB Jonathan Williams, OL Jon Toth, DB Linden Stephens, DB Cole Luke, LB Joe Walker, DT Devaroe Lawrence, TE Caleb Wilson, QB Steven Montez, OL David Steinmetz, DE Will Bradley-King, CB Jimmy Moreland, CB Danny Johnson, S Jeremy Reaves, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, OT David Sharpe, DE Bunmi Rotimi, RB Peyton Barber, OL Wes Martin, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, DE Daniel Wise, DT Gabe Wright, OL Keith Ismael, OL Beau Benzschawel, LB David Mayo, LB Jared Norris

NFC NORTH

Biggest move: Detroit released kickers Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez as well as OT Tyrell Crosby, who was a starter on last year’s squad. Another surprise move was letting go of WR Breshad Perriman. However, they did acquire WR Trinity Benson and a 2023 sixth-round draft pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for two 2022 picks (fifth and seventh round). — Eric Woodyard

Waived/released: WR Breshad Perriman, WR Victor Bolden, NT Miles Brown, CB Mike Ford, G Evan Heim, S Alijah Holder, WR Damion Ratley, T Dan Skipper, T Tyrell Crosby, WR Geronimo Allison, K Randy Bullock, CB Corn Elder, K Zane Gonzalez, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, LB Tavante Beckett, LB Rashod Berry, S Jalen Elliott, DT Bruce Hector, G Tommy Kraemer, TE Alize Mack, WR Javon McKinley, RB Dedrick Mills, T Darrin Paulo, RB Craig Reynolds, WR Sage Surratt, LB Jahlani Tavai, TE Brock Wright.

Reserve/suspended: DE Jashon Cornell


NFC SOUTH

Biggest move: Atlanta kept three quarterbacks on its initial 53-man roster — including former first-round pick Josh Rosen — as it tries to sort out the backup to Matt Ryan. It’s entirely possible that shuffles throughout the next few days as players get released, but it’s another chance for Rosen to learn from a top-flight quarterback after being tutored by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Brady the past two years.— Michael Rothstein

Waived/released: RB Caleb Huntley, WR Chris Rowland, S Dwayne Johnson Jr., DL Eli Ankou, DL Zac Dawe, OLB Tuzar Skipper, LB Kobe Jones, OL Willie Beavers, WR Trevor Davis, S JR Pace II, LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, OL Ryan Neuzil, WR Juwan Green, CB Delrick Abrams, RB D’Onta Foreman, OL Sam Jones, WR Antonio Nunn, TE John Raine, OL Joe Sculthorpe, DL Chris Slayton, OL Kion Smith, ILB Erroll Thompson, TE David Wells, CB Chris Williamson

Waived/injured: P Dom Maggio

Physically unable to perform list: OL Matt Gono

COVID-19 reserve: TE Parker Hesse


Biggest move: Releasing 2019 third-round pick Will Grier might seem obvious because he’s a quarterback, but he was the third option. Don’t be surprised if somebody is added behind Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker, at least to the practice squad. But the biggest move was releasing Joey Slye. Carolina was so confident in the kicker coming into camp that no competition was created. His struggles forced a trade with the Giants last week for Ryan Santoso. So the Panthers will enter the season with a kicker who has no attempts in a regular-season game. It’s a risky proposition.– David Newton

Waived/released: PK Joey Slye, QB Will Grier, LB Josh Bynes. WR Omar Bayless, RB Spencer Brown, DL Frank Herron, OL Mike Horton, CB Jalen Julius, WR Keith Kirkwood, OLB Christian Miller, OL Aaron Monteiro, WR C.J. Saunders, TE Stephen Sullivan, OL Sam Tecklenburg, OT Martez Ivey, WR Ishmael Hyman, LB Jonathan Celestin, RB Darius Clark, S Doug Middleton, RB Reggie Bonnafon, S Kenny Robinson, CB Rashaan Melvin, RB Rodney Smith.

Season-ending IR: LS Thomas Fletcher

Reserve/suspended: CB A.J. Bouye

NFC WEST

Biggest move: The most intriguing and unexpected position battle of the preseason came down to punting. The Rams retained the NFL’s highest-paid punter in Johnny Hekker, who Rams coach Sean McVay said agreed to re-work his contract, and traded fourth-year pro Corey Bojorquez, along with a 2023 seventh-round pick, to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round selection. — Lindsey Thiry

Traded: P Corey Bojorquez

Waived/released: DB Brontae Harris, OL Jeremiah Kolone, WR Jeremiah Haydel, OL Jordan Meredith, DB Donovan Olumba, DB Troy Warner, WR Landen Akers, RB Otis Anderson, DT Eric Banks, TE Kendall Blanton, OT Chandler Brewer, DE Earnest Brown IV, DT Marquise Copeland, DE John Daka, DB Dont’e Deayon, DB Jake Gervase , DB Tyler Hall, WR Trishton Jackson, LB Micah Kiser, WR J.J. Koski, LB Justin Lawler, DB Kareem Orr, OT Max Pircher, LB Christian Rozeboom

Waived/injured: RB Xavier Jones

Reserve/suspended: RB Cam Akers

Reserve/COVID: OG Coleman Shelton



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