The Eagles have gotten down to 53, making some notable cuts to get there. The team released guard/center Stefen Wisniewski, who they re-signed to a $1.5MM deal back in May. He had gotten $150K guaranteed, so Philly will eat that. Wisniewski had started at least six games in each of the past three seasons for the Eagles.
To help thin out their crowded running backs room, they got rid of a few well-known names. They waived Josh Adams, who rushed for 511 yards for them last year, as well as 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, who has battled injuries ever since entering the league. They also cut Wendell Smallwood, who had 364 yards rushing and three touchdowns and another 230 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year.
Michael Thomas‘ Dolphins contract expires after Week 17, and the fifth-year safety will not be participating in Sunday’s game against the Bills.
The Dolphins announced they placed Thomas on IR. He had been recovering from a PCL injury and missed the previous two Miami games. The Dolphins claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers from the Bills to take Thomas’ roster spot.
Thomas played this season on an RFA tender ($1.797MM). He will be a UFA this coming March. The former UDFA who’s been a part-time starter the past three seasons posted a message to Dolphins fans on Twitter. Thomas played 179 defensive snaps this season, and Pro Football Focus graded those fairly well despite the Stanford product being categorized as a part-time performer.
A 2016 UDFA, Elston played in 13 games for the Bills this season after beginning his season with the Eagles. Elston is under contract for next season, giving the Dolphins a chance at an offseason evaluation for potential safety depth.
December 28th, 2017 at 5:20pm CST by GregGoldstein
The Bills will welcome back another defender for their Week 17 matchup vs. the Dolphins. The team announced on Thursday afternoon that they had activated safety Colt Anderson from the injured reserve and released safety Trae Elston in a corresponding roster move.
Anderson, 32, last played for the Bills back in Week 4 against the Falcons. He fractured his forearm in the contest and has been recovering on IR for the majority of the season. It’s been a rough past few years for Anderson in terms of injuries. The eight-year vet missed most of last year after breaking his left arm early on in his 2016 campaign. However, he’s referred to by Bills coaches as a “core special teamer”, which should help to limit big plays in a game that has playoff implications for the franchise.
Anderson will back up safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde in the defensive backfield on Sunday. The Bills enter Week 17 with the possibility of making the playoffs for the first time since 1999 with a win and some help.
With Fletcher Cox set to miss tomorrow’s game against the Chargers, the Eagles have added some depth on the defensive line. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (via Twitter), the team has promoted defensive tackle Justin Hamilton from the practice squad. To make room, the team has waived safety Trae Elston.
Hamilton has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Louisiana–Lafayette in 2015. The 24-year-old has already spent time with the Bills, Packers, and Seahawks during his brief career, although he’s yet to get into an NFL game. The defensive tackle signed a futures contract with Philly back in January, although he was waived in early September. He was subsequently signed to the team’s practice squad, and he’s already been released and re-signed since then. Hamilton is expected to provide the Eagles with some depth at defensive tackle, and he should slot in behind Timmy Jernigan, Beau Allen, Elijah Qualls, and Destiny Vaeao on the depth chart.
Elston, a 2016 undrafted rookie out of Mississippi, was claimed off waivers from the Bills earlier this month. The 23-year-old has appeared in three games this season between Buffalo and Philly, compiling a single tackle. The defensive back has also spent time with the Saints, Buccaneers, and Browns. Starting safety Rodney McLeod has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, but the team still has plenty of depth at the position, as they’re also rostering Malcolm Jenkins, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins, and Chris Maragos.