Pro Football Rumors » Transactions https://www.profootballrumors.com NFL Rumors: Trades, Free Agency, Draft Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:55:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.14 Patriots Re-Sign PR Bernard Reedy https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/patriots-sign-bernard-reedy https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/patriots-sign-bernard-reedy#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:21:10 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91734 The Patriots announced that they have re-signed punt returner Bernard Reedy. Reedy will be eligible to play in this weekend’s AFC title game against the Jaguars. Bernard Reedy (vertical)

The Pats will have to make a roster move in order to bring Reedy back into the fold. That will likely be accomplished by placing cornerback Jonathan Jones on IR. On Wednesday afternoon, New England opted against activating wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell from injured reserve, which cleared the way for Reedy to rejoin the team.

Reedy, 26, spent 2017 with the Patriots and Bucs. In total, he returned 18 punts for 175 yards plus seven kickoffs for 145 yards.

The Toledo product caught on with the Pats’ taxi squad in November after the Bucs ended his lengthy Tampa Bay stay. Despite being with the Bucs since the 2015 season, the former 2014 UDFA only saw live action in ’17.

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Patriots Won’t Activate Malcolm Mitchell https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/patriots-wont-activate-malcolm-mitchell https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/patriots-wont-activate-malcolm-mitchell#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:57:48 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91726 The Patriots have decided against activating Malcolm Mitchell in advance of the Wednesday deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. That means that Mitchell will be out of action for the AFC championship game as well as the Super Bowl, should the Patriots make it. Malcolm Mitchell (vertical)

This was the expected outcome as Mitchell did not suit up for Wednesday morning’s practice. Ideally, the Patriots would have liked to have the 24-year-old on the field. As a rookie in 2016, Mitchell had 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns. This year, he was set to have a larger role in the offense before a nagging knee injury sidelined him in the preseason.

The Pats brought Mitchell back on the practice field in late December, giving them three weeks to decide whether to activate him. In theory, the Patriots could have put him on the 53-man roster and left him on the bench for the AFC title game, giving them the option of playing him in the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. Ultimately, they felt that they would rather preserve their depth elsewhere with a healthy player.

Heading into the big game against the Jaguars, the Patriots still have a solid cast of receivers including Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, Dwayne Allen, and Chris Hogan.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 1/16/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-practice-squad-updates-11618 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-practice-squad-updates-11618#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:13:01 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91628 Today’s practice squad updates:

Jacksonville Jaguars

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: TE Nick Truesdell
  • Waived: T Storm Norton
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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/16/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-reservefutures-contracts-11618 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-reservefutures-contracts-11618#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:31:29 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91629 Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Steelers, Mike Hilton Agree To Extension https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/steelers-mike-hilton-extension https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/steelers-mike-hilton-extension#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:33:36 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91601 The Steelers announced that cornerback Mike Hilton has agreed to a one-year extension. Hilton was scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent in March, meaning that he was likely to be back on a one-year deal anyway. The move is something of a formality, though it does speak to his increased importance to the team. Mike Hilton (vertical)

[RELATED: Todd Haley’s Contract With Steelers Expires]

Hilton served as Pittsburgh’s primary nickel cornerback in 2018 and played in more than 58% of the team’s snaps. He was productive in that role, amassing 64 tackles, four sacks (three of which came in the Steelers’ late season win over the Texans), two picks, and one forced fumble. Hilton ranked as the 27th best corner in the NFL last year, per Pro Football Focus’ metrics, and placed higher than teammates Artie Burns (44th) and Joe Haden (52nd).

Fellow would-be ERFAs Xavier Grimble and Kameron Canaday also inked one-year extensions with the Steelers this week.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 1/15/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/minor-nfl-transactions-11518 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/minor-nfl-transactions-11518#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:02:00 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91540 Here are today’s NFL minor moves:

Minnesota Vikings

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NFL Future/Reserve Contracts: 1/15/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-futurereserve-contracts-11518 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-futurereserve-contracts-11518#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:35:32 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91537 Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Cleveland Browns

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tennessee Titans

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Minor NFL Transactions: 1/14/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/minor-nfl-transactions-11418 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/minor-nfl-transactions-11418#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:03:37 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91334 Today’s minor moves:

Jacksonville Jaguars

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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/14/18 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-reservefutures-contracts-11418 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/nfl-reservefutures-contracts-11418#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:09:50 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91333 Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Cleveland Browns

  • DL Ricky Ali’ifua
  • OL Joseph Cheek
  • DL Jeremy Faulk
  • DB Corey White
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Josh Freeman Signs With Montreal Alouettes https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/josh-freeman-signs-with-montreal-alouettes https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/01/josh-freeman-signs-with-montreal-alouettes#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:46:56 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=91279 Johnny Manziel isn’t the only former first-round quarterback looking to make a move north of the border. While the former Browns signal-caller’s CFL future is still in limbo, former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is definitely headed to Canada after he signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. Josh Freeman (vertical)

Freeman has not played a snap in the NFL since 2015 and was last released by the Colts in the 2016 offseason. He formerly had a tryout with Montreal in 2016 but did not end up signing with the CFL side. After sitting out the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Freeman is set for a return and will presumably slot in as the team’s starter.

The No. 17 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft spent parts of four seasons as the Buccaneers starter, compiling a 24-35 mark with the team before enduring stints in Minnesota and Indianapolis. In his second season, the Kansas State product powered Tampa Bay to a 10-6 mark and the postseason while throwing 25 touchdowns with only six interceptions.

The promising career quickly began to trend downward. The Buccaneers went 4-12 the following season and Freeman threw only 16 touchdowns with 22 interceptions. After one more season in Tampa Bay, he made his way as a backup to Minnesota and Indianapolis.

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