J.B. Shugarts

Bucs Claim Two Players, Cut Three

While they’ll be overshadowed by the team’s big move of the day – the acquisition of All-Pro guard Logan Mankins – the Buccaneers have also made several more roster moves, reducing their roster to 75 players in advance of today’s cutdown deadline. Via Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com (Twitter links), here are the latest transactions completed by Tampa Bay:

Claimed off waivers:



  • Matt Patchan, OT

Placed on injured reserve:

Minor Moves: Lions, Patriots

Today’s minor moves:

  • The Lions were awarded receiver Reese Wiggins off waivers from the Patriots, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post (Twitter link). The East Carolina product signed with New England after going undrafted.
  • In a corresponding roster move, the Lions waived receiver Naaman Roosevelt (per Wilson on Twitter), who had his best season with the Bills in 2011, catching 16 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown.
  • The Patriots have filled one of their open roster spots by signing receiver Tyler McDonald, according to his agency ARN Sports and Entertainment (via Twitter). McDonald went undrafted out of South Carolina State.
  • More from New England and Detroit: Wilson tweets that Jeremy Johnson (Patriots) and J.B. Shugarts (Lions) went unclaimed off waivers.

Lions To Sign Garrett Reynolds

4:18pm: Offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts has been waived in order to clear a roster spot for Reynolds, tweets Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

11:26am: The Lions are signing free agent offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, according to agent Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency (Twitter link). Reynolds was released by the Falcons back in February, and had drawn some interest from the Titans, Bengals, and Cowboys in the months since then.

Reynolds, who started 10 games for the Falcons in 2013, signed a two-year, $2.7MM extension with the club last offseason. However, the 26-year-old lost his starting job at right guard late in the 2013 season, despite grading as Pro Football Focus’ 31st overall guard (subscription required). For the Lions, Reynolds figure to compete for a roster spot and for playing time on the offensive line.

Terms of the agreement aren’t yet known, but a minimum salary pact – perhaps with some bonus money – seems likely. The Lions currently have a full 90-man roster, so a corresponding roster move will be required when the club makes the signing official.

Lions Sign J.B. Shugarts

The Lions have signed free agent offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts to a contract, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it’s likely a non-guaranteed, minimum-salary contract for Shugarts.

Since going undrafted out of Ohio State in 2012, Shugarts has signed deals with the Browns, Cowboys, and Jets. However, he has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game. He’ll likely be an offseason body for the Lions, with a chance to earn a roster spot.