Ian Swenson

Texans Release LB Jermaine Carter

Jermaine Carter‘s stint with the Texans lasted a bit more than a week. The team announced that they’ve released the veteran linebacker.

Carter was a fifth-round pick by the Panthers back in 2018 and ended up playing out his rookie contract, collecting 178 tackles in 65 games (30 starts). His best season came in 2021 when he finished with 88 tackles while starting all 17 games.

The linebacker signed with the Chiefs last offseason but didn’t make it to the regular season with his new squad. He later caught on with Cleveland and ended up getting into seven games for his new squad, collecting 16 tackles while mostly playing on special teams.

The 28-year-old was already facing an uphill battle to make Houston’s roster. The team previously signed Denzel Perryman and Cory Littleton, adding to a group that already included veterans Christian Kirksey and Blake Cashman. The Texans also added a pair of linebackers in the draft in second-round edge Will Anderson Jr. and fifth rounder Henry To’oTo’o, and they signed free agent linebacker Ian Swenson following a tryout today.

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/16/23

XFL additions and other post-rookie minicamp moves led to some action on the waiver wire Tuesday. As other teams add talent from the latest XFL effort, here are the latest NFL moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Rams

Minnesota Vikings

  • Signed: FB Zach Ojile, OL Sam Schlueter

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

A former 60-meter dash finalist at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships, Guidry has bounced around the league. But the Jets are bringing back the young cornerback. Guidry played 28 games for the team from 2020-21. A fellow DB, Westry started two games for the Ravens in 2021; he will relocate to Cleveland.

Jackson, Jennings and Thomas all played in the XFL this season and auditioned for the Panthers at their recent rookie minicamp. The Panthers tried Thomas at both tight end and linebacker over the weekend. Although Thomas played in the most recent XFL effort, he was in Colts camp — under current Panthers HC Frank Reich — in 2021. This is Jennings’ seventh NFL stop. The former Seahawks fourth-round pick has not played in the NFL since his 2019 rookie year in Seattle.

Romo joins a Lions team carrying Michael Badgley as its incumbent kicker. The younger specialist has not yet kicked in an NFL game, but the former Virginia Tech kicker played in the XFL this season, making 17 of 19 field goal tries. This included a 57-yarder.