Maurice Canady

2020 NFL Opt Out Tracker

Per an agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA, players with COVID-19 health concerns can opt out of the 2020 season. Initially, the deadline was believed to be Tuesday, August 4. Talks between the league and the union have pushed it to August 6.

Chiefs guard and medical school graduate Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first player to officially opt out. Scores of players followed.

Here’s the rundown, so far:

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • T Brad Seaton

Tennessee Titans

  • OL Anthony McKinney

Washington Football Team

Free agents

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Cowboys CB Maurice Canady Will Opt Out

A fourth player has decided not to play in 2020. Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady will opt out, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.

The Cowboys signed Canady earlier this year. He will fall into the voluntary opt-out category, not residing as a high-risk player. Canady, who played with the Jets and Ravens last season, will receive a $150K stipend and have his contract toll to 2021.

Dallas signed Canady to a one-year deal on free agency’s first day, doing so shortly after seeing Byron Jones defect to Miami. The Cowboys added Daryl Worley later in free agency and drafted multiple corners — second-rounder Trevon Diggs and fourth-rounder Reggie Robinson.

The Ravens drafted Canady in the 2016 sixth round. He worked primarily as a backup during his Baltimore stay, starting two games in four seasons. With the Jets last year, he started twice after arriving midseason. Canady, however, fared well in New York. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 25-ranked corner last year.

Dallas Adds CB Maurice Canady

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports that the Cowboys have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Maurice Canady. A four-year veteran, Canady has spent the majority of his career in Baltimore but finished last season with the Jets.

Obviously the Cowboys lost their number one corner, Byron Jones, earlier this offseason and while no one will confuse Canady for a Pro Bowler, the 25-year old adds some young depth to a defensive backfield that will need to be deeper than in previous seasons.

Canady appeared in 13 games last season between the Ravens and Jets. He made 3 starts, accrued 46 tackles, grabbed 1 interception, and earned a 73.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/6/19

Today’s minor moves:

Miami Dolphins

  • Claimed off waivers (Seahawks): WR Gary Jennings

New York Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Promoted from practice squad: DE Kahzin Daniels

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/5/19

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins

  • Signed: CB Marcus Sherels, RB De’Lance Turner (off Ravens’ practice squad)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Activated from PUP: G Phil Haynes
  • Waived: WR Gary Jennings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/14/19

Here are Saturday’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

  • Promoted from practice squad: T Jake Rodgers
  • Waived: OL Corey Levin

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins

Notable NFL Practice Squad Salaries

Playing on an NFL practice squad isn’t a bad gig. You work with a club’s 53-man roster every week, have a good chance to get called up if/when injuries strike, and collect a solid paycheck ($8K per week minimum). And for some practice squaders, the pay can get even better.

While all practice squad salaries count towards the salary cap, there’s no restriction on how much a team can pay a practice squad player. When a club desperately wants to retain a player but can’t fit him on its 53, they’ll often bump up his salary in an effort to keep him around. Here’s a look at several players who are earning much more than the NFL’s $8K per week standard, via Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (Twitter link):

The 49ers clearly have no problem with spending a little extra on practice squad players, as both Lee and Harris are earning at least $22K more than the league PS minimum. Lee’s been with San Francisco since 2017 and started five games for the club last season, but the 49ers’ front seven depth is keeping him on the taxi squad for now. Harris, too, was a part-time starter for San Francisco in 2018.

The quarterbacks on the list are also interesting. Rypien has been deemed Broncos’ offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello‘s “project” and could be called up to the active roster at some point given that Denver is only carrying two quarterbacks in Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen (rookie second-rounder Drew Lock is on injured reserve). And the rebuilding Dolphins seem intent on hanging onto Rudock, who spent the first three seasons of his career with the Lions.

Sunday NFL Transactions: AFC North

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC North 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 RavensBengalsBrowns, and Steelers are noted below.

Additionally, as of 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 AFC North transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

* = International Pathway Program player

Ravens Move Down To 53

The Ravens minced their roster to 53 players, parting ways with UDFA Gerald Willis to get there. Baltimore also placed Tavon Young and Kenneth Dixon on IR.

Young suffered a neck injury recently and will miss a full season for the second time in three years. While Baltimore boasts a deep cornerback corps, losing its slot man again will not help the high-end defense’s cause. Dixon will head back to IR. The Ravens placed him on IR in September 2018 but used an IR-return slot on him. That will not be an option this year, which doubles as the running back’s contract slate.

Character concerns caused Willis, viewed as a high-Day 3-type prospect out of Miami, to go undrafted. He is now on the waiver wire.

Here are Baltimore’s cuts:

Placed on IR:

Ravens Activate CB Maurice Canady

Maurice Canady will be returning from the injured reserve for the second consecutive season. Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports (via Twitter) that the Ravens have activated the cornerback. To make room on the roster, the team has waived offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu.

Canady, a 2016 sixth-round pick out of Virginia, has had a tough time staying healthy during his professional career. In three seasons, the 24-year-old has appeared in only 13 games, including one game this season. He suffered a knee injury during the 2017 offseason, but he was ultimately activated from the IR in early November. He proceeded to appear in eight games that season, compiling 27 tackles and one pass defended. Baltimore will surely be hoping for similar production this time around.

Canady injured his thigh in mid-September, forcing him to sit out more than two months. He’ll be joining a cornerback bench grouping that already includes Tavon Young, Marlon HumphreyAnthony Averett, and Cyrus Jones.

After being released by the Bears in early September, Grasu subsequently caught on with the Ravens. The 27-year-old only appeared in three games during his stint with Baltimore, but he did start 12 games during his two seasons in Chicago. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets that the lineman could end up getting claimed on waivers by a team that needs some interior offensive linemen depth.

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