The NFL is riddled with key contributors who were originally expunged, waived, or released by another club, so the day of the shutdown doesn’t mean the end of football days for everyone.
Raheem Mostert went no further in 2015, then was cut by six different teams before landing back in San Francisco with the 49ers as the feature. Isaiah McKenzie was waived by the Broncos mid-season in 2018. He will enter the 2022 season as Buffalo’s starting final receiver.
Teams have until 4pm ET on Tuesday to narrow their roster to 53 players, and I’m tracking the released players most worthy of being added by another club. I’ll continue to update this tracker as more moves trickle in on Tuesday — these 53-man rosters are far from final.
Below are those players, with information about which team cast them, the round they were drafted in — if applicable — and a link to their mockdraftable spider map, showing how they tested on the combine or their pro day when they were prospects.
Published by: eagles
Draft status: Round 2 – 2015
Positional Athletics: Above average
Protections with Tartt’s level of experience and productivity won’t just be available in August. He played in 80 regular season games for the 49ers as of 2015, amassed four picks with 18 pass breaks and an average of 56 total tackles per season.
Tartt’s type of safety has become trendy in the NFL lately, a rousing safety that best attacks the center of the field and scrimmage. He had five tackles and discharge in Super Bowl LIV. Only 30, Tartt should have a lot of suitors on the open market. Because he’s an established veteran — built up over four years in the NFL — he’s not subject to waivers and can sign with another team immediately.
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Published by: bears
Draft status: Round 6 – 2021
Positional Athletics: Way below average
Newsome was my #TrustTheTape prospect in the class of 2021. He tested horribly. On the field in North Carolina, Newsome was electric. Newsome produced in all four seasons for the Tar Heels and had over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2019.
He was a member of this article, actually, last year when the Bears released him for the 53-man cut. He was signed to Chicago’s practice squad and caught two passes for 23 yards in a couple of spot appearances late in the season. Now his 2019 season in the ACC has been rendered largely irrelevant, and his bad combination seems to have been more of a strong indicator that Newsome is just not quite athletic enough to consistently win as a slot machine in the NFL. After a strong mini camp and flashes in training camp, Newsome only had two for 27 yards in the preseason. He’s worthy of being included as a gadget-esque slot receiver.
Published by: Broncos
Draft status: Round 5 – 2013
Positional Athletics: Irrelevant
Look at the 2021 punting stats — the net punting average, that is — and you’ll see Martin at the top. His 42.8 average was the third best in football, and his 28 points knocked down in the 20 tied for fifth in the NFL. Year after year, consistency is vital for gamblers, and in each of the past three seasons, Martin has finished 12th or better in the net average. For a club looking to improve the punter’s position, Martin should be priority #1. Punters are people too, remember.