Teammates on the Seahawks last year, Dunbar and Randall have not played this season. The Lions cut Dunbar earlier this year, while Randall’s latest Seattle agreement ultimately led to a release late last month.
Randall offers versatility, in having been a starter at both safety and cornerback, while Dunbar played a high level more recently. Both Randall and Dunbar are 29 and bring six years’ worth of experience.
Although Dunbar’s stock has dipped since his 2019 breakthrough season in Washington, the former UDFA intercepted four passes and graded as a top-five corner — per Pro Football Focus — in his final Washington slate. After changing regimes, Washington traded Dunbar to Seattle last year. He played in just six Seahawks games (all starts) before landing on IR. The Lions have kept tabs on Dunbar, despite releasing him, but the six-year vet remains a free agent.
A 2015 first-round pick, Randall played in 10 Seahawks games last season but did not start any. His most recent run as a first-stringer came with Cleveland, which used the veteran as a two-year safety starter from 2018-19. The Seahawks initially slotted Randall at safety but tried him at corner, his original NFL role, this offseason.
The Bills opened up some cap space today by reworking one of their veteran’s contracts. The team converted $5.2MM of safety Jordan Poyer‘s base salary into a signing bonus, according to ESPN Field Yates (via Twitter). The move will save Buffalo $2.6MM against the cap.
Thanks to the move, the organization has a bit more financial breathing room with about $4MM in cap space. Poyer’s cap hit will be reduced for the 2021 season, but it will jump from around $7.7MM to $10.3MM in 2022.
Poyer has spent the past four seasons in Buffalo, starting each of his 63 games. The former seventh-round pick signed a two-year extension with the organization in 2020, keeping him in Buffalo through at least the 2022 season.
The 30-year-old had one of his most productive NFL season in 2020. In 16 starts, the safety finished with a career-high 124 tackles to go along with two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Poyer also started each of Buffalo’s three playoff games, collecting another 20 stops.
Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters. In addition to waiver claims, teams can begin constructing their 16-man practice squads today. These Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots moves are noted below.
Here are Wednesday’s AFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters. In addition to waiver claims, teams can begin constructing their 16-man practice squads today. These Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers moves are noted below.
Here are Wednesday’s AFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
As Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic points out, cutting Lewis came as a bit of a surprise considering the Bills’ lack of depth at cornerback. However, the reporter believes that today’s move is an indication that the team isn’t concerned about injuries to Levi Wallace, Dane Jackson and Taron Johnson. Lewis, a 2019 undrafted free agent, finished last season with seven tackles in five games (two starts). If he passes through waivers, he’ll likely end up on Buffalo’s practice squad.
After two years of limited usage in New England, Hollister enjoyed a breakout 2019 season with the Seahawks, hauling in 41 receptions for 349 yards and three touchdowns. Then, he went from 59 targets to just 40 looks in 2020. He finished out with 25/209/3.
Then, when the Seahawks’ new one-year Gerald Everett deal pushed him out, he agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills. Hollister reunited with his old Wyoming teammate Josh Allen, but it didn’t last long.
Hollister posted four catches for 53 yards in three preseason games for the Bills this year. He’ll likely land with another club before the end of the week.