Isaiah Battle

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/2/18

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:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

  • WR Jake Kumerow
  • WR Colby Pearson
  • TE Robert Tonyan
  • LS Zach Triner
  • WR DeAngelo Yancey

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/5/17

Today’s practice squad updates:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

  • Signed: TE Robert Tonyan

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

New England Patriots

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/7/17

Today’s practice squad moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Signed: S Tre Sullivan
  • Cut: LB Don Cherry

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Signed: OL Isaiah Battle

NFC Notes: Miller, Bridgewater, Juszczyk, Seahawks

One of the scarier stories of this season was the situation regarding Bears tight end Zach Miller‘s serious leg injury. Just a week ago, doctors were performing surgery to save his leg after he dislocated his knee while playing. However, after a successful procedure, the 33 year-old is set to be released from the hospital on Monday, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com. According to Mortensen, the surgery was described as “heroic” by one doctor, who relayed that the surgeons needed to repair a torn popliteal artery. The road to recovery is still ongoing as the tight end will likely need multiple surgeries before starting his way to rehab, but the outlook is much better than it was because of the many great doctors and Miller himself as Mortensen outlines in his piece.

  • Speaking of amazing recoveries, Teddy Bridgewater is on track to return to the gridiron after many months of rehab and uncertainty regarding his serious knee injury. The Vikings former first round pick is expected to be activated and in uniform for the team’s Week 10 contest versus Washington, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Bridgewater was placed on the PUP list at the start of the regular season after he had been recovering from an injury he suffered back in training camp two years ago. It’s been a long road for the soon-to-be 25 year-old, but it looks like the quarterback’s resiliency will soon pay off. Although, it remains to be seen what role Bridgewater will have when he returns, especially with the recent solid play of third string QB Case Keenum. Bridgewater last played in the team’s heartbreaking playoff defeat at the hands of the Seahawks back in 2015.
  • 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk will undergo an MRI on Monday after suffering a concussion in today’s defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, tweets Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. The news comes right after it was learned that safety Jaquiski Tartt would be placed on the IR with a fractured arm that he suffered in today’s game as well. Juszczyk, 26, hasn’t been as big of a factor in the 49ers offense as people may have thought after signing by far the richest contract of any fullback this past offseason. The former Raven has totaled just 23 rushing yards and 8 catches for 80 yards this year.
  • The Seahawks cut tackle Isaiah Battle a few days ago after the team added the highly regarded Duane Brown prior to the trade deadline. However, it seems like Seattle would like to retain the offensive lineman as general manager John Schneider said on a pre-game show that he hopes to re-sign the 24 year-old to the team’s practice squad this week, reports Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (Twitter link).

 

Seahawks Waive OL Isaiah Battle

The Seahawks have waived offensive lineman Isaiah Battle, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times (on Twitter). The move will make room on the 53-man roster for newly acquired tackle Duane BrownIsaiah Battle (vertical)

The Seahawks acquired Battle in an early September trade with the Seahawks. Although Seattle reserved a 53-man roster spot for him at the time, he did not see live action in his seven weeks with the team.

Battle, a 6’7″ lineman out of Clemson, first entered the league as a fifth-round pick of the Rams in the 2015 supplemental draft. Coming out of college, Battle drew comparisons to Alabama product D.J. Fluker, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. At the same time, teams were worried about his off-the-field issues.

He’ll try to put it all together for another NFL team. Because he is not a vested veteran, he will be subject to the waiver wire. If he is not claimed by one of the league’s 31 other teams in the next 24 hours, he will be a free agent. If that happens, he could be a candidate for the Seahawks’ practice squad.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Chiefs Trade OL Isaiah Battle To Seahawks

The Chiefs have traded offensive lineman Isaiah Battle to the Seahawks. The trade will see a conditional 2018 draft choice go to Kansas City.

Battle, a 6’7″ lineman out of Clemson, first entered the league as a fifth-round pick of the Rams in the 2015 supplemental draft. After splitting time between their 53-man roster and taxi squad, he landed with the Chiefs on a futures deal this January.

Coming out of school, Battle drew comparisons to Alabama product D.J. Fluker, a first-round pick in the 2013 draft. At the same time, he was flagged by teams for his off-the-field issues. Interestingly, Fluker’s spot on the Giants’ 53-man roster is not 100% safe. Meanwhile, Battle seems likely to be on the Chiefs’ roster in Week 1.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/3/17

Here are Tuesday’s reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2017 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters.

Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

Kansas City Chiefs

  • OT Isaiah Battle

Minnesota Vikings

San Diego Chargers

Tennessee Titans

  • OLB Reshard Cliett
  • TE Tim Semisch

Sunday NFL Transactions: NFC West

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four NFC West teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, and Seahawks are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s NFC West transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day. All links go to Twitter unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Rams Cut Akeem Ayers, Move To 53

The Rams have announced the following moves as part of moving their roster to 53 players:

Cut:

Placed On IR:

Ayers is perhaps the most surprising release, given that the 2015 free agent signee started 11 games for the club last season. Los Angeles will clear all $3.3MM of his cap charge by parting ways.