Kelvin Joseph

NFL Reserve/Futures Deals: 1/17/24

Wednesday’s reserve/futures contracts:

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bryant joined the Cowboys in November, and though he didn’t appear in any games, Bryant left a good impression in Dallas after several weeks on the practice squad. He was released late in the season as the team shuffled the roster a bit but makes his return to Dallas for the offseason.

Seahawks Waive Frank Clark, Place S Jamal Adams, WR Dee Eskridge On IR

After a short reunion in Seattle, the Seahawks have opted to part ways with veteran pass rusher Frank Clark, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The former three-time Pro Bowler will hit the waiver wire and potentially be available to sign for a playoff run. Additionally, the team will spend the remainder of the season without safety Jamal Adams and wide receiver Dee Eskridge, announcing that both players have been placed on injured reserve.

The Seahawks drafted Clark back in the 2015 second round and franchise-tagged him four years later, but the team executed a tag-and-trade transaction to send the former Michael BennettCliff Avril sidekick to the Chiefs. While the Chiefs were viewed as perhaps the lead candidate to sign Clark, the recent Bronco found his way back to the Pacific Northwest. Injuries and poor fit led to his departure from Denver, so established fits like Seattle and Kansas City were really the best options for Clark.

Adams has missed the team’s last two games with a knee injury, and he will now miss their final two games of the season, as well. Despite Adams’ return to practice this week, head coach Pete Carroll made the call, determining that Adams was not doing well enough to play. This continues a troubling trend as Adams has not played a full, healthy season since joining the Seahawks three years ago. After missing almost all of the 2022 season, Adams will now have missed eight more games in 2023.

With continuing large cap hits over the next two seasons, there’s been plenty of speculation that Adams’ injury issues could lead to him becoming a salary cap casualty. Even if Seattle opts not to take that route, Adams himself considered calling it quits after last year’s season-ending quadriceps injury. More injury trouble this year may push Adams even closer to retirement. Regardless, this may have been the last season that we see Adams in navy and green.

Eskridge will now see a stint on IR for the third straight year to start his career. It’s safe to say that the Seahawks have not quite seen the return on investment out of their former second-round pick. Including a six-game suspension to start his 2023 campaign, Eskridge will have missed 27 of a possible 51 games since being drafted in 2021. He failed to catch his lone target of this year and only has 17 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in his career.

In order to fill the three newly vacated roster spots, the Seahawks have signed linebacker Patrick O’Connell, safety Ty Okada, and offensive tackle Jake Curhan to the active roster from the practice squad. With linebacker Jordyn Brooks ruled out for this week’s matchup, O’Connell should provide some added depth at the position. Additionally, Seattle announced that nose tackle Austin Faoliu and cornerback Kelvin Joseph will join the above three as standard gameday elevations from the practice squad this weekend.

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/23/23

Saturday’s gameday elevations and other minor moves around the league:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys 

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Commanders

The Bills will not have depth running back Ty Johnson available for tonight’s game, leading to the decision to elevate Fournette. The former Super Bowl champion will thus make his Buffalo debut, although with lead back James Cook in the lineup, Fournette will likely not receive many looks on offense. The latter has already returned a kickoff for the first time in his career, however.

Signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad last week, Ingram will also make his 2023 debut in Week 16. The 34-year-old last played during his Miami stint in 2022, during which time he started three games and recorded six sacks. With Jaelan Phillips out for the year, Ingram will look to once again give the Dolphins a rotational presence off the edge.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/27/23

Monday’s taxi squad moves:

Denver Broncos:

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Rams

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/26/23

A rare set of Sunday transactions today:

Seattle Seahawks

Joseph was part of a roster-deadline trade near the start of the season between Dallas and Miami in which the two teams exchanged formerly highly drafted cornerbacks who had failed to live up to the hype. Joseph continued a disappointing start to his NFL career as the third-year corner still had trouble finding the field on his new team in South Beach. After getting waived earlier this month and clearing waivers, Joseph will now have a chance to make an impression from the practice squad of his third franchise in as many years.

White started the preseason on the Steelers before getting waived with an injury settlement. Seattle signed him to their practice squad in mid-October before releasing him after a week. A month later, he returns to the p-squad for a second chance in Seattle.

Dolphins Waive CB Kelvin Joseph, Activate WR River Cracraft From IR

Acquiring Kelvin Joseph via a cornerback-for-cornerback trade just before 53-man rosters were due, the Dolphins are bailing on the corner they obtained. Miami waived Joseph on Tuesday, clearing a roster spot for an IR activation.

The Dolphins will bring wide receiver River Cracraft off IR to take Joseph’s spot on the 53-man roster. Miami had until Wednesday to activate Cracraft, or else he would have been moved to season-ending IR. Barring a move down to Miami’s practice squad post-waivers, Joseph’s time with the team will end.

Even as the Dolphins have played most of this season without Jalen Ramsey, Joseph did not earn much playing time. The former Cowboys second-round pick has logged only 21 defensive snaps this year. Dallas and Miami exchanged Joseph and ex-first-rounder Noah Igbinoghene in late August. The latter, who is in a contract year, has not played regularly in Dallas. The Cowboys have given Igbinoghene only 25 defensive snaps, though the Auburn alum remains on Dallas’ roster.

Joseph’s rookie deal runs through 2024. The Dolphins will save roughly $600K by making this cut. Joseph, who turned 23 over the weekend, is due a non-guaranteed $1.72MM base salary in 2024. The Cowboys gave up on Joseph after two seasons, doing so after trying him in the slot this offseason. The LSU and Kentucky alum previously logged 164- and 166-snap seasons in Dallas, and he was ultimately unable to carve out a regular role on Dan Quinn‘s defense. An off-field incident in March, in which Joseph was a passenger in a vehicle from which fatal shots were fired, did not produce any charges, and Joseph has not received a suspension. On the field, however, he was unable to gain traction in Vic Fangio‘s defense.

Cracraft has been with the Dolphins for the past two seasons. While he has some return experience, Miami has used the former UDFA as an auxiliary receiver. The 29-year-old pass catcher, who landed on IR in late September with a shoulder injury, will rejoin the likes of Braxton Berrios, Cedrick Wilson, Chase Claypool and Robbie Chosen among Miami’s Tyreek HillJaylen Waddle supporting cast.

Dolphins Trade CB Noah Igbinoghene To Cowboys For CB Kelvin Joseph

An all-cornerback swap has taken place amidst today’s roster fluctuations. The Dolphins are sending Noah Igbinoghene to the Cowboys in exchange for Kelvin Joseph, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Igbinoghene came to Miami facing high expectations as a first-round pick in 2020. A converted receiver, he was always considered a long-term project, but his size and athleticism suggested considerable potential at the NFL level. The 23-year-old has not been able to establish himself with the Dolphins, however, and he found himself on the roster bubble this offseason.

The Auburn product played a full season as a rookie, but he made just 16 appearances in the two years since then. Igbinoghene totaled 29 tackles and one interception during his underwhelming time in South Beach, and now he will receive a fresh start with one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Dolphins have Jalen Ramsey, Xavien Howard, Eli Apple, Kader Kohou and second-round rookie Cam Smith remaining at the CB spot.

The Cowboys are similarly set at the top of their depth chart with the recently-extended Trevon Diggs and former Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore headlining their corners. Igbinoghene will attempt to carve out a depth role in Dallas, and in doing so secure a future beyond 2023 with the team. Joseph was not able to do so during his two-year stint with the Cowboys. The former second-rounder made 26 appearances, and three starts, during his time in Dallas.

Joseph, 22, was connected to a shooting incident last spring, but by July he had been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. That off-the-field news opened the door to an improved season as part of Dallas’ strong secondary, but the Kentucky product was used almost exclusively on special teams. Similar usage will likely await him in Miami, especially once Ramsey has recovered from the knee surgery which will cost him time in the regular season.

DB Notes: Lions, Joseph, Oliver, Cardinals

A scary scene transpired during the Lions‘ Week 5 matchup with the Patriots. An ambulance transported Saivion Smith off the field, and the Lions defensive back said he feared paralysis following a collision with Patriots running back Damien Harris. Smith left the game after the next play, after falling to the turf after a routine tackle attempt on Hunter Henry. The backup DB, however, said (via the Detroit Free Press’ Jeff Seidel) he made a failed attempt to return to the stadium from the ambulance and regained arm and leg movement at the hospital. The neck injury he suffered ended up requiring spinal fusion surgery.

Smith received full Lions clearance in April, re-signing with the team that month. The 25-year-old cover man’s deal is worth $940K and contains no guaranteed money, giving the Lions — who overhauled their secondary this offseason — flexibility to move on free of charge. The Lions moved Smith to safety last season, but he offers versatility. With the Lions adding two other DBs with extensive backgrounds at both safety and corner — C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Brian Branch — Smith stands to compete for a backup role.

Here is the latest news from NFL secondaries:

  • After years of shuttling Jimmie Ward between safety and the nickel role, the 49ers let the veteran defender walk (to the Texans) this offseason. They will use free agency addition Isaiah Oliver to replace Ward in the slot, per new DC Steve Wilks. “When [another Ward deal] didn’t happen, we wanted to make sure that we sort of got the best nickel in free agency, and that’s what we went out and did,” Wilks said, via The Athletic’s Matt Barrows (subscription required). “So I’m excited about Oliver. He’s long; he’s physical, can tackle, can cover. He’s going to be a good blitzer for us, everything that we do within this defense.” A former second-round pick, Oliver spent the past five seasons with the Falcons. The 210-pound defender is ticketed to work alongside outside corners Charvarius Ward and Deommodore Lenoir.
  • Kelvin Joseph may be in the Cowboys‘ nickel plans. After acquiring Stephon Gilmore via trade, the Cowboys are trying Joseph in the slot at OTAs, Jon Machota of The Athletic notes. The former second-round pick has worked as an outside corner over his first two seasons, though he has only played 330 career defensive snaps. The Cowboys lost both Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown to season-ending injuries last year. While Lewis remains on the roster, Brown, a longtime slot player, is unsigned.
  • Third-round Cardinals cornerback Garrett Williams received slightly more than the rookie-scale minimum to sign, per’s Howard Balzer, who notes the bumps come in Years 2-4 of his contract (Twitter link). This year’s No. 72 overall pick will earn between $1MM and $1.5MM from 2024-26. Third-rounders’ four-year deals are only partially guaranteed. Williams, a Syracuse alum, received a $1.1MM guarantee.
  • The Panthers brought back safety Sam Franklin earlier this offseason, tendering him as an RFA. But the fourth-year defender agreed to sign for slightly less than the low-end tender price. Rather than signing for $2.627MM (the tender number), Franklin is back in Carolina on a one-year, $2.51MM deal, Balzer adds (on Twitter). The Panthers gave the 27-year-old DB a $1.5MM signing bonus, which is spread through 2027 via void years. Franklin has been a core special-teamer in Carolina while working as a defensive backup.

Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis Out For Remainder Of Preseason

The Cowboys are dealing with a number of injuries in their receiving corps right now, but another position group will be shorthanded for at least a few weeks. Slot corner Jourdan Lewis suffered a hamstring injury in practice earlier this week, per Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News

As a result of the injury, Lewis will miss the remainder of training camp and the Cowboys’ two remaining preseason games. His timetable beyond that point is unclear; head coach Mike McCarthy said that more will be known only after he begins the rehab process. McCarthy did add, however, that “the immediate goal is to get him [back] for Week 1.’

Lewis, 26, has regained the role he had as a rookie in 2017 over the past two years, with snap percentages in the 70s. He had a career-year last campaign with three interceptions, 11 pass deflections and 61 total tackles – further proving the three-year extension he signed last March to be worthwhile. Missing any significant time in the regular season would, of course, be a major blow to the Cowboys’ secondary, which played a large role in the team’s surprising success on defense last season.

As Watkins notes, Dallas has a few options to replace Lewis in the short-term. Outside corner Anthony Brown could move inside, which would elevate Kelvin Joseph (who last month was cleared of all wrongdoing in association with a shooting investigation) to a starting position on the perimeter. Alternatively, the Cowboys could turn to fifth-round rookie DaRon Bland in the slot, which would leave Brown and Trevon Diggs on the outside.

The Cowboys’ two remaining preseason games could shed light on their plan to fill in for Lewis if doing so proves necessary in September. In the meantime, the progress he makes with respect to recovery will be worth watching.

Cowboys CB Kelvin Joseph Will Not Face Criminal Charges

July 31: Joseph has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the March shooting, as Gehlken reports. Though he could still face a suspension if the NFL determines that he violated its personal conduct policy, Joseph will be able to focus on carving out a substantial role in the Cowboys’ secondary with a clear head.

April 16: Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph was a passenger in a vehicle from which shots were fired that killed a man last month in Dallas, according to his attorney. Joseph’s attorney, Barry Sorrels, said his client did not shoot, via Michael Gehlken and Kelli Smith of the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas police arrested two in connection with the shooting that killed Cameron Ray, 20, early on the morning of March 18, Aria Jones of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Cowboys encouraged Joseph to meet with police, according to’s Todd Archer. That meeting occurred Friday, and the NFL is reviewing this situation.

A 2021 second-round pick, Joseph started two games for the Cowboys last season. The 21-year-old defender has not been arrested. Surveillance video revealed an altercation between two groups of friends, respectively including Joseph and Ray, last month. Shots were soon fired from an SUV as Ray and others walked to their vehicle, according to Dallas PD. Ray died in a Dallas-area hospital.

Dallas PD asked for assistance in identifying the six men involved in the disturbance, according to Gehlken and Smith. This led to Joseph being identified. Sorrels said Joseph was unarmed.

The Cowboys drafted Joseph 44th overall despite the cornerback prospect having played just 15 college games — at LSU and Kentucky — in 2018 and ’20. During an injury-marred rookie season, Joseph played 164 defensive snaps.