Ronnie Brown

Buccaneers Set 53-Man Roster

Following the retirement of Tom Brady, the Buccaneers will be facing a pseudo-rebuild in 2023. Before they get to a challenging regular season, the team was forced to cut down their roster to 53 players today:




Waived/failure to disclose physical condition:

  • C Chris Murray

After sitting out the 2021 campaign, Deadrin Senat got into 12 games for Tampa Bay in 2022. The defensive tackle ultimately finished the campaign with 17 tackles, one sack, and a pair of QB hits. The former third-round pick got into 22 games for the Falcons to begin his career.

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/28/23

We are less than 24 hours from the deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters to 53 players. Here are the latest moves teams have made as they pare their squads down toward the in-season limit:

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: DB Tino Ellis

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

AFC West Notes: Brown, Chargers, Raiders

Coach Jack Del Rio says Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree is eager “to create a role” for himself with his new club, as Scott Bair of writes. Crabtree had a down year in 2014, but still recorded 68 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns. Now, after hanging around on the shelf for a while, he’ll look to rebuild his value in Oakland. Here’s more from the AFC West..

  • Free agent running back Ronnie Brown told SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter) that he hasn’t heard from the Chargers about a potential reunion. “I haven’t talked to the Chargers about a return. They have a bunch of running backs and are looking for a running back in the draft,” Brown said.
  • Brown went on to say (link) that he doesn’t get the sense that quarterback Philip Rivers is headed elsewhere. When considering the production that Rivers provides and San Diego’s young offense, Brown doesn’t see the signal caller leaving the Chargers.
  • The Raiders shifted around their depth chart a bit, sliding Taiwan Jones from cornerback back to his native position of running back, as Scott Bair of writes. Former coach Dennis Allen put Jones on defense in 2013 and the results were mixed. While he succeeded on special teams thanks to his speed, he never really got the grasp of the cornerback position. Still, with running backs Latavius Murray, Trent Richardson, Roy Helu Jr. and Marcel Reece also on the depth chart, Jones figures to be more of a special teams contributor again this year.

Chargers Sign Ronnie Brown

The Chargers announced that they have signed running back Ronnie Brown. Brown, of course, is no stranger to Chargers fans, who watched him play in 30 games with one start in San Diego from 2012-13.

The Bolts needed the 6-0, 223-pounder with the rash of injuries that they’ve experienced in the backfield this season. Ryan Mathews still recovering from an MCL sprain, Danny Woodhead is done for the season with a broken fibula, and “Dammit” Donald Brown left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Branden Oliver was superb against the Jets’ usually stout run defense and Shaun Draughn is also there, but reinforcements were still needed.

Brown ran for 377 yards (4.1 yards per carry) off of 91 carries for San Diego along with 57 catches for 431 yards. Brown began 2014 with the Texans and had six carries before being released last week.

To make room, the Chargers waived linebacker Kevin Reddick, tweets Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Texans Sign Jumal Rolle, Cut Ronnie Brown

The Texans have made a change to their 53-man roster, signing cornerback Jumal Rolle off the Packers’ practice squad and releasing running back Ronnie Brown to make room, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter).

Rolle, 24, was cut by the Packers at the end of the preseason, but was quickly re-added to the club’s practice squad, where he has been for the last several weeks. It’s not clear whether the Texans plan to actually make him active in games – perhaps as a special-teams player – but it appears he’ll have a better opportunity in Houston than in Green Bay to see the field on Sundays.

As for Brown, with Arian Foster healthy again and Alfred Blue serving as his backup, there weren’t many touches available for the veteran. So far this season, he has accumulated just four yards on six carries. With Brown out of the mix, Jonathan Grimes will be the Texans’ No. 3 running back.

AFC South Links: Ronnie Brown, Colts, Oher

Let’s check in on the latest items from around the AFC South….

  • Although Ronnie Brown will turn 33 later this year, making him one of the league’s oldest running backs, he only has 131 more career carries than Arian Foster, the man he’s now backing up in Houston, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. Having signed this week with the Texans, Brown still feels as if he has “a lot” left in the tank, as he tells Robertson.
  • In his latest mailbag at, Kevin Bowen fields a handful of questions about the Colts‘ offensive line, addressing whether he thinks the club would have interest in signing Richie Incognito or trading for Alex Boone.
  • With Michael Roos still the Titans‘ starter at left tackle, there may not be room for both free agent signee Michael Oher and first-round pick Taylor Lewan on the team’s offensive line, but Oher isn’t pleased with any speculation that he’ll start the year on the bench, as he tells John Glennon of the Tennessean. “I’m kind of tired of getting disrespected by a lot of people who don’t know anything about the work I put in and how hard I work, and the love and passion I have for this game,” Oher said.
  • Considering Lewan has played predominantly on the Titans‘ second team at left tackle, and no one seems to be calling for him to start over Oher lately, Paul Kuharsky of thinks maybe the former Raven “needs to chill a little with the disrespect deal.”

Texans Sign Ronnie Brown

The Texans have signed veteran running back Ronnie Brown, reports the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain (via Twitter). The team completely turned over their running back depth today, adding William Powell and cutting ties with Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett.

The 32-year-old hasn’t topped 100 carries since 2010, when he ran for 734 yards and five touchdowns with the Dolphins. Since then, Brown has been primarily a back-up with the Eagles and Chargers. He appeared in all 16 games last season for San Diego, compiling 157 yards and one touchdown. He caught only eight passes, but he had 49 receptions in a limited role for the Chargers in 2012.

Brown and Powell (along with veteran Brian Leonard) worked out for the Texans earlier today. As McClain notes in another tweet, Brown and Powell will certainly have an opportunity to be Arian Foster‘s primary backup. They’ll be competing with former undrafted free agent Jonathan Grimes and sixth-round pick Alfred Blue.

AFC Notes: Jones, Texans, Raiders, Browns

The Bengals will be without wide receiver Marvin Jones for at least “a few weeks,” according to Geoff Hobson of, who reports (via Twitter) that Jones broke his foot and had a pin put in his fifth metatarsal. The timetable for Jones’ return isn’t clear yet, but Hobson suggests (via Twitter) that placing him on the short-term IR isn’t entirely out of the question — I doubt the Bengals make that move, but we probably shouldn’t expect to see the wideout back on the field by the time Cincinnati’s regular season gets underway.

Here’s more from across the AFC:

  • The Texans worked out veteran running backs Ronnie Brown, Brian Leonard, and William Powell today, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). None of the three were immediately signed by the club.
  • While a move to San Antonio by the Raiders already seemed very unlikely, a new report may further reduce Mark Davis‘ interest in South Texas. According to Tom Orsborn and Josh Baugh of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs’ ownership group would want a controlling interest in any NFL franchise that moved to San Antonio.
  • Only about a week after he was claimed off waivers from Seattle by the Browns, offensive lineman Michael Bowie suffered a shoulder injury that may sideline him for the season. Head coach Mike Pettine says no decision has been made yet, though it’s looking like Bowie will be out for the year, tweets Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
  • Ulrich was also among the reporters who spoke to Jordan Cameron today, and the tight end said talks with the Browns on a contract extension have been ongoing and positive. Cameron is hopeful that something can be worked out in time for the regular season (Twitter link).
  • Although they auditioned a few veteran quarterbacks today, it seems the Dolphins wanted a look at those players just in case they need one down the road, says Jason La Canfora of, adding that the club doesn’t necessarily need to bring one aboard right now (Twitter link).
  • After rewarding him in the offseason with a lucrative four-year contract extension, the Colts are hoping for elite play out of cornerback Vontae Davis in 2014 and beyond, writes Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.

Pats Work Out Ronnie Brown, Three Others

While most NFL teams are taking an extended look at undrafted free agents and other young players, the Patriots have an eye on a handful of veterans. According to Howard Balzer of The SportsXchange (via Twitter), New England recently worked out runnings backs Ronnie Brown and Brian Leonard, as well as tight ends Ben Hartsock and Nate Byham.

The Patriots haven’t carried many big-play receivers on their roster in recent years, but the club’s variety of options at running back and tight end give Tom Brady a number of weapons with which to work. Although New England didn’t select a tight end in this month’s draft, the team added Wisconsin running back James White to join Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in the backfield.

Brown will turn 33 later this year, but contributed in a reserve role last season, accumulating 45 carries for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers. Leonard also continues to earn touches, having totaled 47 rushes and 29 receptions for the Buccaneers in 2013. As for Hartsock and Byham, the two tight ends are primarily blockers — between them, they’ve hauled in just 42 passes in 160 combined games during their careers.

For now, it seems the Patriots have opted not to sign any of the players they auditioned, though that could change. It’s also possible that the club is keeping its eye on veteran free agents in the event of injuries later this summer.