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49ers Cut Dion Jordan, Kevin White

On Saturday, the 49ers put a pair of former first-round notables on the curb. Defensive end Dion Jordan and Kevin White were dropped from the roster as a part of the club’s 20+ cuts on Saturday. 

Jordan’s NFL career has taken some odd turns, to say the least. After being selected No. 3 overall by the Dolphins, Jordan did little to justify his pre-draft hype. After some underwhelming seasons, missed seasons, and a number of suspensions, Jordan found his way to the Seahawks in 2017. In 2018, he showed some promise as a rotational piece, and he parlayed that into a one-year deal with the Raiders. He hooked on with the Niners in early August, but he didn’t get to stay for long.

White, a former No. 7 overall pick of the Bears, came out of West Virginia with tons of hype. Over the last five years, injuries have limited him to just 14 games. The Niners have been decimated by injuries at wide receiver, but they still didn’t see enough out of White’s ~1 week audition to keep him. For his career, White has 25 catches for 285 yards and zero touchdowns.

Here’s the full rundown of the 49ers’ cuts:

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/3/20

Here are Thursday’s minor moves, with the list being updated throughout the day:

Atlanta Falcons

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: TE Khari Lee

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

49ers Sign CB Jamar Taylor

The 49ers are adding some veteran cornerback depth. They announced Monday they have agreed to terms with Jamar Taylor. In a corresponding move, the 49ers waived former second-round corner Teez Tabor with a non-football injury designation.

Also a former second-rounder, Taylor has played seven NFL seasons — two of which with NFC West franchises, the Cardinals and Seahawks — and has bounced around the league. The 49ers will be the ex-Dolphin draftee’s seventh team.

Taylor, 30 in September, played in 12 games in 2019 — nine for the Seahawks and three for the Falcons. His last starts came for the 2018 Cardinals, but he was a regular starter with the 2016-17 Browns. Last season, Taylor played 204 defensive snaps.

The 49ers did not address their cornerback position in the draft but did pick up slot man K’Waun Williams‘ option earlier this offseason. Their top four of Richard Sherman, Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon and Emmanuel Moseley remains. Taylor now stands to compete for a depth role when the 49ers convene for camp.

A former Lions draftee, Tabor received a second chance with the 49ers last season. San Francisco signed the ex-Florida DB in September 2019 and stashed him on its practice squad. Tabor, however, has been unable to impress as a pro and will venture to the waiver wire.

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Falcons To Sign CB Jamar Taylor

The Falcons are signing cornerback Jamar Taylor, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. The veteran appeared in nine games with the Seahawks earlier this year before being released in late November.

Taylor had three passes defensed with the Seahawks, who dropped him twice in 2019 – once in August and again in November. All in all, he’s been a part-timer in his seventh pro season, notching 20 tackles in nine games as a backup.

The Falcons’ season is effectively over, but Taylor will get a chance to showcase himself before free agency begins in March. Still only 29, the former second-round pick could put himself in line for a deal with a cornerback-needy team.

With three games to go, the Falcons are 4-9 and in line for the No. 8 overall pick.

Seahawks Activate Ed Dickson From IR

The Seahawks’ tight end group has experienced considerable turnover this year, but they will add a key veteran for the stretch run. Seattle activated Ed Dickson from IR Wednesday.

Dickson’s second Seahawks season has unfolded similarly to his first. Last year, he did not debut until late October after spending the first several weeks of the season on Seattle’s NFI list because of a quadriceps injury. A late-summer knee surgery sidelined Dickson this year, and he experienced a slower-than-anticipated recovery. But the second-year Seahawk will make another midseason debut after returning to practice late last month.

The 10th-year veteran will again return for a Seahawks team that’s lost Will Dissly for the season. They also traded Nick Vannett to the Steelers. Yet this year, the team has received production from trade acquisition Jacob Hollister. Dickson joins Hollister and Luke Willson as Seattle’s active-roster tight ends.

In his abbreviated 2018 season, Dickson caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. The former Ravens and Panthers tight end has exceeded 300 receiving yards in just two seasons (2011, 2017). The 32-year-old vet is known more for his blocking, and this transaction will stand to help Seattle’s run game.

This is the second time the Seahawks have cut Taylor this year. They did so in August but brought him back before Week 2. He’s played a part-time role in his seventh NFL season, making 20 tackles in nine games as a backup. He will be available on the waiver wire.

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Seahawks To Re-Sign CB Jamar Taylor

After releasing him on cutdown Saturday, the Seahawks will bring back Jamar Taylor. The cornerback intends to re-sign with Seattle on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

The Seahawks initially signed the well-traveled corner in May and kept him for the offseason’s remainder but opted to go into Week 1 without him. Taylor has played for the Dolphins, Browns, Cardinals and Broncos in a six-year career.

Neiko Thorpe left the Seahawks-Bengals game; this move may be related to that. By being off the Seahawks’ Week 1 roster, Taylor will not have his full salary guaranteed. This may have been the plan all along, with Garafolo adding Taylor enjoyed a strong camp and was viewed as a post-Week 1 option anyway.

The former Dolphins draft choice struggled last season but only played 305 snaps. The soon-to-be 29-year-old defender has enjoyed better seasons, however, and will supply veteran depth for a young secondary.

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Seahawks Get Down To 53 Players

The Seahawks have made their roster cuts. Perhaps most notably, they cut quarterback Geno Smith. Since they already waived Paxton Lynch last night and also waived J.T. Barrett, they currently have no passers on the roster behind Russell Wilson. It’s possible the team is just maneuvering the roster and planning on re-signing Smith. If not, they’ll be adding a veteran in the coming days.

The Seahawks had a crowded running backs room, and J.D. McKissic and Bo Scarbrough ended up as the odd-men out. A lot of people were expecting Jaron Brown to start the year as the team’s number two receiver while D.K. Metcalf recovers from his knee injury, but he didn’t even end up making the initial 53. Brown was set to make $2.75MM, so maybe he’ll be brought back after the regular season starts when his contract won’t be guaranteed.

Here’s the full list of moves:

Released:

FB Nick Bellore

WR Jaron Brown

QB Geno Smith

CB Jamar Taylor

Waived:

QB J.T. Barrett

 RB J.D. McKissic

RB Bo Scarbrough

CB Simeon Thomas

RB Xavier Turner

Waived/injured:

CB Jeremy Boykins

G Phil Haynes

Injured reserve:

Seahawks Release CB Jamar Taylor

The Seahawks are releasing veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor, as Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. Just days ago, he seemed to be the frontrunner for Seattle’s nickel job, so this was an unexpected cut.

In May, Taylor was brought on to potentially replace the departed Justin Coleman. The 2013 second-round pick was productive in his two Cleveland seasons, including a 2016 campaign where he had three interceptions and 13 passes defended. In 2017, he appeared in a career-high 16 games and finished with a career-high 62 tackles.

It’s yet another move on a busy day for the Seahawks. They, of course, acquired Jadeveon Clowney on Saturday morning.

Seahawks To Sign CB Jamar Taylor

Veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor is set to sign with the Seahawks, sources tell Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter). Terms of the deal are not yet known, but the two sides may hammer out terms on Thursday as Taylor meets with coaches and tours the facility. 

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Taylor should figure into the Seahawks’ slot corner competition where he would potentially replace the departed Justin Coleman. The 2013 second-round pick spent the first three seasons of his career with the Dolphins before being dealt to the Browns. He was productive during his two seasons with Cleveland, including a 2016 campaign where he had three interceptions and 13 passes defended. In 2017, he appeared in a career-high 16 games and finished with a career-high 62 tackles.

Taylor, who will turn 29 in September, will battle with Akeem King, Kalan Reed, Jeremy Boykins, and rookie Ugo Amadi for the primary slot role. Earlier this offseason, coach Pete Carroll indicated that the nickel spot would be wide open in camp.

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CB Jamar Taylor Visits Seahawks

Veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor is visiting with the Seahawks today, per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network (via Twitter). After losing former slot corner Justin Coleman to the Lions, Seattle is looking for reinforcements in the secondary.

Taylor, a 2013 second-round pick, spent the first three seasons of his career with the Dolphins before being dealt to the Browns. He was productive during his two seasons with Cleveland, including a 2016 campaign where he had three interceptions and 13 passes defended. He finished the 2017 season having appeared in a career-high 16 games and finishing with a career-high 62 tackles.

Last May, the Browns traded him to the Cardinals, who hoped to deploy him as their No. 2 CB opposite Patrick Peterson. Taylor agreed to a significant pay cut to facilitate the trade, but things did not go well for him in the desert. Arizona cut him in November, and he caught on with the Broncos to finish out the 2018 season.

Still just 28, Taylor provides experience and can be a solid contributor in a CB rotation.

In other Seahawks news, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that safety Taylor Mays, whose last NFL action came in 2015, will work out with the team tomorrow. Mays a former USC Trojan, could be reunited with Pete Carroll, who was USC’s head coach during Mays’ collegiate career.

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