Jean Sifrin

Washington Signs Tight End D.J. Williams

Washington has signed free agent tight end D.J. Williams, reports Mike Jones of the Washington Post (via Twitter). Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

The Packers took Williams in the fifth round of the 2011 draft and parted ways with him after the 2012 season. The ex-Arkansas Razorback has since been a member of the Jaguars, Patriots and Buccaneers organizations. He has three career starts and just nine catches, the last of which came in 2012.

Williams’ less-than-decorated resume aside, Washington was in desperate need of tight end depth after losing Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen to season-ending injuries over the last week. Washington worked out Williams and two other tight ends, Ernest Brun and Jean Sifrin, on Sunday. The club agreed to a deal with Brun before inking Williams, though Jones tweeted that it chose not to sign Sifrin.

NFC Notes: Peterson, Sendlein, Guion, Saints, Sproles

The relationship between the Vikings and star-running back Adrian Peterson had seemingly become strained since he missed 15 games last season after a domestic violence charge. Even so, Peterson has stated that not only does he want to keep playing until he is in his late thirties, and said he would have no problem signing another long-term contract with the team, in a Q&A with Ben Goessling of ESPN.

Here are some more stories from around the NFC:

  • Newly re-signed Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein said he had interest from other teams throughout the NFL, according to Darren Urban of (via Twitter). “Deep down,” said Sendlein, “we wanted to come back here.”
  • The appeal of Letroy Guion‘s three-game suspension stemming from an offseason arrest will be heard by the NFL on August 24th, according to Rob Demovsky of
  • Tight end Jean Sifrin got a tryout with the Saints, according to Nick Underhill and Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate (via Twitter).
  • Former Saints defensive end Glenn Foster, who was released recently, said he needs about one month to complete the rehab on his knee, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN. Foster still plans to sign somewhere when healthy and play in 2015.
  • Despite adding workhorse running back DeMarco Murray and former Charger Ryan Mathews, head coach Chip Kelly sees a bigger role in the Eagles’ offense for Darren Sproles. While that could be the result of a pair of running backs with injury history, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes the extra snaps and touches will like come as a receiver in 2015.

Minor Moves: Tuesday Night

This afternoon, Luke Adams rounded up the minor transactions of the day. Here’s a look at the latest moves to come to light this evening..

  • Nose tackle Brandon Deaderick, a former member of the Saints, was signed by the Texans, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today Sports (via Twitter). The Texans also signed defensive end Jasper Coleman and waived running back Mack Brown, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 (on Twitter).
  • The Browns were awarded defensive lineman Tory Slater off waivers from the Seahawks, according to a source that spoke with Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post (on Twitter). To make room, linebacker Rodman Noel has been waived, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer (on Twitter).
  • The Lions will re-sign UDFA running back Rasheed Williams, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (on Twitter). Williams, who was released not long ago, will be back at OTAs on Wednesday with Detroit.
  • Washington announced that it has re-signed tackle Willie Smith. Smith, 28, originally entered the NFL as a college free agent July 28, 2011, and has since appeared in 29 career games with 11 starts with the Raiders, Chargers, and Washington. To make room, fellow tackle Tovar Allen was let go.
  • The Rams signed sixth-round wide receiver Bud Sasser, according to Wilson (on Twitter).
  • No surprise here, but Prince Shembo went unclaimed off waivers from the Falcons, as Wilson tweets. Wilson is facing animal cruelty chargers for allegedly killing a dog.
  • The Cowboys cut safety Keelan Johnson, according to Wilson (on Twitter).
  • Former Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath, who recently un-retired, has signed with the Colts, according to Adam Caplan of (on Twitter). To make room on the roster, former tight end Jean Sifrin was waived, according to Wilson (link).
  • Former Missouri defensive tackle Lucas Vincent was waived by the Titans today, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today Sports (on Twitter).

Colts Sign 15 Undrafted Free Agents

The Colts have announced their undrafted free agent class of 2015, and Kevin Bowen of has the details on the 15 players the team added to its roster following the draft. Here are the names of Indianapolis’ new UDFAs:

  • Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
  • Quan Bray, WR, Auburn ($5K bonus, per Aaron Wilson)
  • Donald Celiscar, CB, Western Michigan
  • Cody Galea, LB, San Diego Stat
  • Terrell Hartsfield, DE, Cincinnati
  • Zach Hodges, LB, Harvard
  • Joshua Mitchell, CB, Nebraska
  • Ezell Ruffin, WR, San Diego State
  • Al-Hajj Shabazz, CB, West Chester
  • Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts
  • Justin Sinz, TE, Purdue
  • Robert Smith, S, Clemson
  • Junior Sylvestre, LB, Toledo
  • Tyler Varga, RB, Yale
  • Brandon Vitabile, C, Northwestern

Draft Notes: Thursday

The early entry deadline for the 2015 draft is tonight. Here’s a look at the latest underclassman who will be going pro..

  • Kentucky running back Braylon Heard announced his decision to declare for the draft, as Jonathan Lintner of the Courier Journal writes. Heard, 23, originally transferred in from Nebraska and started 10 games for UK, finishing with 366 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Heard rushed 77 times for 452 yards during the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Nebraska before joining the Wildcats.
  • UMass announced that junior tight end Jean Sifrin is going pro, as Daniel Malone of writes. “As a program, we are very happy for Jean to have this chance to pursue his goals at the NFL level,” coach Mark Whipple said in a team release. “When we spoke, we told him that we supported his decision because of how it can benefit him and his family.” Sifrin doesn’t project as a top choice, but he could go higher than he would in most years thanks to a soft crop of tight ends.
  • Check out our updated list of early entrants here.