The Dolphins cut Kiko Alonso en route to reaching the 53-man max. Both moves were rumored this week, but the Fins were waiting to see if they could arrange a trade for the linebackers before letting them go.
Alonso requested a trade during training camp when he realized that he would be squeezed out of the Dolphins’ plans in one fashion or another. New coach Brian Flores is overseeing a defensive overhaul and he didn’t have much use for the veteran, despite his three years of starting experience in Miami. Originally drafted by the Bills in the second-round back in 2013, Alonso won’t play out the two years left on his four-year, $28.9MM deal.
Here are the other moves made by Miami to make their roster kosher by Week 1:
Jamaal Charles‘ stay with a third NFL team did not last long. The Jaguars are releasing the two-time All-Pro running back, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
The Carlos Hyde acquisition will lead to Charles losing his job. He received just six carries with his latest team. The Jags signed linebacker Nick DeLuca to take Charles’ roster spot.
Jacksonville added Charles to help a backfield missing starter Leonard Fournette. But the team clearly didn’t feel its sans-Fournette running back situation was strong enough, deciding to unload a fifth-round pick for Hyde, who will be set to debut for his new team on Sunday in London.
The Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader and one of the best yards-per-carry runners in NFL history, Charles will return to free agency. He’d resided there since the Broncos let him walk in the offseason. The 31-year-old back gained seven yards on those six carries and appears to be near the end of a decorated NFL career.
DeLuca will join a Jags team that saw reserve linebacker Donald Payne suffer a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.
September 2nd, 2018 at 4:07pm CST by Dallas Robinson
Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC South 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 Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans 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 AFC South transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day: