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Minor NFL Transactions: 10/16/18

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Cleveland Browns

New Orleans Saints

Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Practice Squad Updates: 10/16/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Cleveland Browns

  • Signed: OL Jake Eldrenkamp, WR Blake Jackson

Green Bay Packers

  • Cut: WR DeAngelo Yancey

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/15/18

Today’s minor moves:

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

Jacksonville Jaguars

San Francisco 49ers

  • Promoted from practice squad: TE Ross Dwelley
  • Waived: DL Ryan Delaire

Detail On Teddy Bridgewater's Restructure

  • The Saints added two voidable years to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater‘s contract after acquiring him from the Jets earlier this year, and Nick Underhill of the Advocate (Twitter link) has provided a few more details on the restructure. Bridgewater’s deal will automatically void 10 days prior to the start of the 2019 league year next March, so his 2019 and 2020 base salaries — each of which is valued at $22MM — will never factor into New Orleans’ books. However, once Bridgewater’s contract voids, his future signing bonus proration will immediately accelerate onto the Saints’ salary cap, meaning the club will take on an extra $2.71MM next spring.

NFL Workout Updates: 10/9/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit, courtesy of veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Saints To Cut RB Mike Gillislee

The Saints cycled through a few running backs between the time Mark Ingram‘s suspension was announced and his impending return, but with Ingram on his way back, New Orleans’ backfield situation has the kind of clarity it did last season.

As such, less depth is required. The Saints will release Mike Gillislee to make room for an Ingram activation, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com tweets.

Gillislee received the most handoffs of any non-Alvin Kamara Saints back this season, taking 16. He gained just 43 yards on those plays, however, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. New Orleans added Gillislee just before the season but now has Dwayne Washington in place behind Kamara and Ingram. Gillislee also lost a fumble during his Saints stay.

New Orleans has employed Gillislee, Washington, Terrance West, Shane Vereen and Jonathan Williams during Ingram’s suspension. Kamara has handled most of the work, as expected. He’s gained 611 yards from scrimmage and scored six touchdowns in four games. Ingram and Kamara in 2017 became the first backfield teammates in NFL history to each surpass 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a season.

The Patriots released Gillislee prior to the season opener.

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Saints Sign Goodson, Cut Bromley

The Saints have signed free agent cornerback Demetri Goodson and released defensive tackle Jay Bromley, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM (Twitter link) and Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune (Twitter link).

Bromley, a former third-round pick, served as a Giants depth cog for four seasons, playing in 55 games from 2014-17. He joined the Saints in May and released in September, but was brought back on Sept. 17. He’s out of work for now, but he could be back before long since the Saints have made a habit of add/dropping the same player throughout the season.

Goodson now joins the mix after a successful workout on Sept. 26. The cornerback has been on the workout circuit since missing the Packers’ final cut and will finally have an opportunity to showcase his skills this season. The 29-year-old hasn’t seen live action since November of 2016, but his next opportunity could come soon as the Saints are working with a banged up secondary.

The Saints also fortified their cornerback group this week by adding cornerback Josh Robinson.

Steelers, Patriots, Saints Wanted Jordan Phillips

Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is the newest member of the Bills, but a trio of contenders also tried to land him. The Steelers, Patriots, and Saints all put waiver claims in on the former Dolphin, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets, but the Bills won out thanks to their higher waiver priority. 

The former second-round pick has struggled with consistency over the last four years, but several teams still believe in his potential. The Patriots’ claim shows that they are less-than-thrilled about their current group of DTs, which consists of Lawrence Guy, Malcom Brown, Danny Shelton, and Adam Butler. Butler likely would have been the odd man out, and Phillips might have had an opportunity to eventually leapfrog Shelton and Brown in the pecking order. Through four weeks, Guy has 19 total tackles and is rated as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 overall ranked defensive tackle, but the other DTs have something to be desired.

Phillips started most of his games in 2016 and 2017, but was relegated to a reserve role this year in Miami. That didn’t sit well with him – as evidenced by his sideline blowup on Sunday – and that proved to be the last straw for him with the Dolphins. The 1-3 Bills may have a larger role in mind for the 26-year-old.

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Saints Sign CB Josh Robinson

The Saints have agreed to sign cornerback Josh Robinson, according to Mike Florio of PFT (Twitter link). Robinson worked out for the Saints late last month and beat out a handful of other corners who were under consideration.

The Saints scanned the market for cornerback help after placing cornerback Patrick Robinson on IR. David Amerson, Sterling Moore, Dexter McDougle, and Robert Nelson were among the players being considered, but Robinson got the job despite having the least name recognition of the bunch.

Robinson entered the league as a third-round pick of the Vikings in 2012 and spent the first four seasons of his career in Minnesota. After that, he spent two years with the Bucs, but he missed the team’s final cut this year. The 27-year-old boasts 74 games of NFL experience, but has not made a start since the 2014 season.

NFL Workout Updates: 10/2/18

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

  • T Andrew Nelson (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans