18 teams had their seasons come to an end yesterday, and their front offices have already turned the page to the 2023 NFL seaon. This started today, as a number of players were signed to reserve/futures contracts, which allows organizations to retain (routinely) young, practice squad players throughout the offseason. Here are today’s reserve/futures contracts:
Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters. In addition to waiver claims, teams can begin constructing their 16-man practice squads today. These Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders moves are noted below.
Here are Wednesday’s AFC West transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
The Raiders have been busy today, trading former second-round cornerback Trayvon Mullen to the Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick. The Raiders have since completed their 53-man roster, cutting a number of players:
Keelan Cole started 11 of his 15 games for the Jets last season, finishing with 28 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown. He was expected to serve as an end-of-the-depth-chart option at wide receiver (and in the return game), but he ultimately lost out on the gig to Tyron Johnson and DJ Turner. Wideout Dillon Stoner and Isaiah Zuber were also candidates for the fourth or fifth receiver gig, but they were cut.
Matthias Farley saw time in all 17 games for the Titans last season, finishing with 16 tackles. He has extensive special teams experience, but the Raiders ended up pivoting to younger options to round out their roster, Darius Phillips was also a candidate to contribute on special teams following a 2021 campaign where he returned 25 punts for the Bengals.
Kyler Fackrell‘s Raiders time could be shortlived. The team placed the veteran edge rusher on injured reserve Friday, clearing a roster spot for running back addition Austin Walter.
The Raiders reached an agreement to add Fackrell in March, adding the former Packers, Giants and Chargers edge on a one-year deal worth $1.19MM. The Raiders guaranteed Fackrell $633K to sign.
An injury settlement could clear a path for Fackrell to sign elsewhere, but for now, he is out of the picture for the Raiders. Las Vegas has its well-paid bookend duo — Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones — set to start, but this roster designation leaves questions beyond the top tandem. Former No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell has not worked out, to the point the fourth-year pass rusher may be on the team’s roster bubble as training camp begins.
A third-round Packers pick in 2016, Fackrell delivered an interesting 2018 season by accumulating 10.5 sacks as a part-time starter. The Giants gave him a one-year, $4.6MM deal in 2020, and he worked mostly as a starter with Big Blue. Fackrell played a rotational role with the Bolts, signing for $1.5MM. He registered seven sacks over the past two years.
Ferrell would make for an ideal No. 3 pass rusher, but he has not proven reliable as a pro. The Raiders were busy adding defensive tackles this offseason, but Fackrell represented their lone notable depth addition outside.