The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick according to Adam Schefter. Fitzpatrick has been the Bills starting quarterback since the 2009 season though he was benched in favor of Trent Edwards for the first two games of the 2010 season. He was signed to a controversial six year, $59 million contract in October of 2011.
Fitzpatrick became the subject of intense criticism in Buffalo after a lackluster 2011 which saw him lead the league with 23 interceptions and a 2012 that wasn’t much better, throwing for just 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
UPDATE: The Eagles have officially released Asomugha.
According to Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles will release Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha today. Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal in 2011 with the Eagles and was part of the revamp of the Eagles roster that has yet to pay dividends.
Asomugha made the Pro Bowl each year from 2008 to 2010 and is a four time All Pro player. Last season, he started all 16 games for the Eagles and put up 47 solo tackles as well as one interception.
According to Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have released cornerback Antoine Winfield. The Vikings asked Winfield to take a pay cut and Winfield decided to take his chances in free agency.
Winfield signed with Minnesota in 2004, a six-year deal. He was then extended to a new, five-year, $36 million contract in 2009. He made the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and was All-Pro in 2008. Last season, Winfield played in all 16 games while recording 71 solo tackles and three interceptions.
While Winfield is still among the league’s top tier corners, paying someone of his vintage (he’s 36) a base salary of $7.25 million in 2013 is a thing that just wasn’t happening, especially with the Vikings preparing to possibly give all of their money to a wide receiver in free agency to replace Percy Harvin. Prior to cutting Winfield the Vikings had roughly $15 million in cap room, making them eligible but doubtful contenders to sign Mike Wallace, who could command somewhere in the neighborhood of $13 million annually. Now such a big boy move is possible.
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Plaxico Burress is a Pittsburgh Steeler once again. The Steelers signed the troubled wide receiver to a one-year deal today, according to Ian Rapoport.
Burress was a member of the Steelers from 2000-2004 and thrived in Pittsburgh, putting up over 1,000 yards in both 2001 and 2002. Burress returned to Pittsburgh last November after a one-day workout as an injury replacement. Burres played in four games and finished with 3 receptions for 42 yards and one touchdown.
The Houston Texans have released wide receiver Kevin Walter, according to Adam Schefter. Walter has been with the Texans since the 2006-07 season when he signed as a restricted free agent and the Bengals did not match. The move will save the Texans $2.5 million in cap space.
Last season, Walter appeared in all sixteen games for the Texans and finished the year with 41 receptions for 518 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has 25 career touchdowns in 152 career games.
The Chicago Bears are believed to be interested in offensive tackle Phil Loadholt. According to Tom Pelissero, the Bears are offering more money to Loadholt as the Vikings do not want to increase their offer to more than $5 million per year. It has also been reported that the Vikings are looking to cut cap space.
Loadholt would be an improvement for Chicago’s weak offensive line. QB Jay Cutler has been sacked 113 times over his last 40 games and has missed seven games since 2010.
The Washington Redskins have released cornerback DeAngelo Hall due to the team facing the NFL’s salary cap penalty. The Redskins are over the cap due to an $18 million sanction by the NFL for the structure of their contracts during the cap-free 2010 season. Hall signed in Washington following the 2008 season after splitting time between Okland and Washington. The deal was for six-years and $54 million. Hall was due to make $7.5 million in 2013.
Last season, Hall had four interceptions after switching from outside corner to the nickelback position. He was suspended in week 8 for confroting a referee and was fined $30,000 for the altercation.