Ifeadi Odenigbo

Colts To Sign DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Veteran defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo will join the Colts. A Monday agreement, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter), will send the former Vikings starter to Indianapolis.

Odenigbo accumulated seven sacks as an off-the-bench edge rusher in 2019, when he played behind Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen, but could not match that production as a starter in 2020 (3.5 sacks). He will join a Colts defensive end stable now anchored by trade acquisition Yannick Ngakoue, who was briefly Odenigbo’s teammate in Minnesota.

Originally a Vikings seventh-round pick in 2017, Odenigbo first saw action with the Cardinals in 2018. The Northwestern alum made his way back to Big Ten country later in 2018, rejoining the Vikes and sticking around via reserve/futures contract. Odenigbo graduated off the futures-deal tier in 2019 and signed a one-year, $2.5MM deal with the Giants in 2021. The Giants, however, cut him before the season began. That resulted in a Browns agreement — three years after a Cleveland practice squad stay — and a nine-game role as a backup.

The Colts lost D-end contributor Al-Quadin Muhammad this offseason, when the veteran followed Matt Eberflus to Chicago. Former second-round pick Kemoko Turay is also gone, having signed with the 49ers. Odenigbo stands to compete for a job behind Ngakoue and 2021 first-rounder Kwity Paye. He will join a cast of former second-round picks in doing so.

This stands to be 2021 second-rounder Dayo Odeyingbo‘s first fully healthy season, after an offseason injury delayed his debut last year. Indianapolis did not draft a defensive end but re-signed former second-rounder Tyquan Lewis this offseason and still has fellow ex-Round 2 pick Ben Banogu rostered.

NFL COVID List Updates: 12/24/21

We’ve compiled a list of players who were placed on or activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list today. In some instances, players activated from the list remain on IR:

Baltimore Ravens

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: S Chuck Clark, C Trystan Colon
  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: RB Nate McCrary
  • Placed on practice squad/COVID-19 list: QB Chris Streveler

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: DB Jordan Fuller, TE Tyler Higbee
  • Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: OL Cole Williamson

Miami Dolphins

  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: RB Gerrid Doaks

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: RB Travis Homer
  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: OL Pier-Olivier Lestage

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/21/21

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Signed: T Jackson Barton (off Giants’ practice squad)

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Giants To Cut Ifeadi Odenigbo

Despite the Giants signing Ifeadi Odenigbo early in free agency, they did not find room for the veteran pass rusher on their 53-man roster. The Giants are cutting the former Vikings starter, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com tweets.

Odenigbo started last season with Minnesota and was effective off the bench in 2019, posting seven sacks that year. The former seventh-round pick registered 10.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

The Giants guaranteed Odenigbo $1MM, so that will go as dead money on their 2021 cap sheet. The team had dropped Odenigbo to its third-team defense, with lower-profile rushers surpassing him on the depth chart. While the Giants continue to have questions about their outside linebacker position, the ex-Viking defensive end will not be a part of Big Blue’s pass-rushing effort.

Recent second-day draft choices are in position lead the Giants’ edge corps, which has not housed a big-name presence since the Olivier Vernon trade. The Giants have former third-rounders Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximenes and second-round rookie Azeez Ojulari set to spearhead their outside linebacker group.

Giants To Sign DL Ifeadi Odenigbo

Ifeadi Odenigbo is heading to the Big Apple. The defensive lineman is signing with the Giants, according to his agency on Twitter. It’s a one-year pact for Odenigbo. The deal is worth $2.5MM, according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter).

After bouncing around the NFL a bit to start his career, Odenigbo broke onto the scene in 2019 with the Vikings. The defensive lineman ultimately finished the campaign having compiled 23 tackles, seven sacks, and one forced fumble despite appearing in only 34 percent of his team’s defensive snaps.

The 26-year-old took on a starting role in 2020, compiling 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 15 games (15 starts). Despite his starting role, he was non-tendered by Minnesota earlier this week.

Now, Odenigbo will enjoy a bit of a homecoming with his new squad. The defensive lineman was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, about a 20-minute drive from MetLife Stadium.

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/16/21

Tomorrow is the deadline for NFL teams to extend tender offers to their own restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. We’ll keep tabs on the latest here:

RFAs

Tendered: 

Non-Tendered:

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/2/19

Here are Wednesday’s reserve/futures contract moves:

Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

 

* = part of the NFL’s International Player Development Program

Teams Tried To Sign DE Ifeadi Odenigbo Off Vikings PS

Ifeadi Odenigbo had several chances to join an NFL team’s active roster, but the defensive end decided to stick with the Vikings organization. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports (via Twitter) that multiple teams tried to poach Odenigbo off the Vikings’ roster squad.

The second-year player apparently rejected those offers, but the Vikings also incentivized his practice squad deal. Odenigbo’s weekly salary was bumped to $28,235, with Pelissero noting that the Vikings were focused on “protecting their depth.”

The 2017 seventh-round pick out of Northwestern started his career with the Vikings, but the team waived the defensive lineman at the end of the 2017 preseason. He subsequently caught on with the Browns and Cardinals, and he ended up landing on Minnesota’s practice squad towards the end of this past October. The 24-year-old appeared in a single game for Arizona, compiling one tackle.

Barring injury, it will be difficult for Odenigbo to earn a promotion to the active roster. Despite rookie Ade Aruna landing on the injured reserve at the beginning of the season, the Vikings are still rostering five capable defensive ends in Danielle HunterEverson GriffenStephen WeatherlyTashawn Bower, and Jalyn Holmes.

North Notes: Bengals, Hue, Browns, Pack, Vikes

A return to the Bengals could make sense for recently-fired Browns head coach Hue Jackson, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com indicates (Twitter link). Jackson is extremely close with Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis, and has previously worked in the Queen City on two occasions, first as wide receivers coach from 2004-06 and then in multiple roles (including offensive coordinator) from 2012-15. The Bengals still have to play the Browns twice this season, so adding Jackson with the intent of gaining intel on Cleveland wouldn’t be out of the question, but Cincinnati could be concerned about forcing incumbent play-caller Bill Lazor to look over his shoulder.

Jackson also gave an interview Thursday to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com in which he attempts to explain reports of “internal discord” between he and similarly fired Browns OC Todd Haley. The entire piece is well worth a full read, as Jackson expresses frustration at the prior state of Cleveland’s roster and the Browns passing on quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz in recent drafts.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two North divisions:

  • Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams isn’t once to mince words, and he didn’t hold back Wednesday when asked about other opportunities he’s had in the NFL. “Since I left Buffalo, I had 11 letters to interview for head coaching jobs,” said Williams (Twitter link via Cabot). “Four of them didn’t even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract.” Williams gave no indication as to what clubs offered him a position, nor do most (if any) teams hand out head coaching gigs without at least a sit-down meeting. Williams, who is retaining his role as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator, also said he had no part in promoting Freddie Kitchens from running backs coach to interim offensive coordinator, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
  • A.J. Green was in a walking boot following the Bengals‘ Week 8 win over the Buccaneers, and he’s still not “out of the woods,” tweets Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. It’s unclear exactly what issue is bothering Green, and initial reports suggested the boot was simply precautionary. But the injury has continued to swell, per Dehner, so Cincinnati is putting its star receiver through further tests. The Bengals are on a bye in Week 9 so Green has plenty of time to recover, but any absence would be a massive blow to Cincinnati’s offense as the club continues its push for a playoff spot.
  • The Packers traded both safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and running back Ty Montgomery following what were perceived as locker room issues, but Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst says neither deal was intended to send a message to Packers players, as Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com writes. “I think you take everything into consideration when you make these kind of decisions, but performance comes first,” Gutekunst said. “That’s always the major factor in these decisions. Everything’s taken into account, but it’s never usually just one thing.” Clinton-Dix had indicated he didn’t expect to re-sign with Green Bay, while Montgomery reportedly went rogue by taking a late-game kickoff out of the end zone on Sunday.
  • Before signing with the Vikings‘ practice squad earlier this week, defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo also had p-squad offers from the Giants and Packers, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press (Twitter link). Odenigbo, who also worked out for the Saints earlier this week, says he’ll now play only on the edge for Minnesota instead of dabbling at defensive tackle, and interestingly says that designation was actually part of his pact with the Vikings.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/31/18

Here are the practice squad decisions teams have made on Halloween:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

Seattle Seahawks