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Saints Cut S Shiloh Keo

The Saints have cut veteran safety Shiloh Keo, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. He was signed to a new one-year deal this March but the Saints did not want to bring him into camp this summer. "<strong

Keo was a former draft pick of the Texans who joined the 2015 Super Bowl champion Broncos late in the season. He re-upped with the Broncos for another year, but Denver dropped him while he was serving a two-game suspension for a DUI. The Saints signed him in November 2016 and re-signed him to a new pact this spring, but he apparently wasn’t impressing in practice. In his ten games for the Broncos and Saints in 2016, Keo recovered three fumbles while failing to record a tackle.

Even with Keo gone, the Saints still have a ton of safeties under contract. Vonn Bell and Kenny Vaccaro are slated to start with second-round pick Marcus Williams, free agent Rafael Bush, and several others in support. In reality, there might be only one safety spot up for grabs after Williams and Bush.

In addition to Keo, the Saints also cut wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood, defensive back Anthony Gaitor, tackle Andrew Lauderdale, guard Clint Van Horn, and guard Colin Buchanan.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 3/8/17

Today’s minor moves:

  • Shiloh Keo will re-sign with a team for the second straight offseason. This year, the Saints made a move to re-up the safety, Nick Underhill of The Advocate tweets. A former Texans draft pick, Keo caught on with the eventual 2015 Super Bowl champion Broncos late that season and re-signed in Denver in the subsequent offseason. The Broncos cut Keo while he was serving a two-game suspension for a personal conduct violation, leading to the Saints adding him. The 29-year-old defender played in 10 games for the Broncos and Saints in 2016 and recovered three fumbles while failing to record a tackle.
  • The Patriots are planning to re-sign tight end Michael Williams, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweets. Williams saw action for the 2015 Patriots but missed their latest Super Bowl season because of a torn ACL.
  • The Bills did not offer an RFA tender to punter Colton Schmidt but instead reached an agreement to re-sign him, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. Rodak estimates Schmidt will be brought back at a lower cost instead of at the RFA low-round tender rate of nearly $2MM. A fourth-year player, Schmidt made $600K last season.
  • Another Bills transaction involves the team parting ways with a long-tenured wide receiver. Buffalo cut Marcus Easley, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets. Affiliated with the Bills since they drafted him in the fourth round in 2010, Easley missed the entire 2016 season after suffering a severe knee injury late in the 2015 campaign. He spent several seasons as one of Buffalo’s top special-teamers. Buffalo announced the move as a post-June 1 release.
  • The Chargers have agreed to a four-year, $4.41MM extension with long snapper Mike Windt, tweets Michael Gehlken. Windt, who has appeared in 100 games with the Chargers, received a $600K signing bonus.

Saints Sign S Shiloh Keo

Saints coach Sean Payton announced that the team has signed safety Shiloh Keo. Payton also confirmed the signing of linebacker Sam Barrington, which was reported earlier todayShiloh Keo (vertical)

Keo was hit with a two-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest this offseason. The Broncos released him in the midst of the suspension but they re-signed him once he was cleared to play again. Late last month, Denver cut Keo to make room for newly-acquired tight end A.J. Derby.

Keo appeared in seven games for Denver over the last two seasons. His most productive year came in 2013 while with the Texans. Appearing in all 16 games and starting 11 games at free safety, the Idaho product totaled 63 tackles, six passes defensed, and one interception.

As of this writing, the signing of Keo leaves the Saints with five safeties on the 53-man roster.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 10/25/16

Today’s minor moves:

  • The Dolphins officially placed running back Arian Foster on the reserve/retired list, tweets Adam Caplan of ESPN.com. Foster announced yesterday that he was hanging up his cleats.
  • After acquiring tight end A.J. Derby earlier today, the Broncos have cleared a roster spot by releasing safety Shiloh Keo, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post (Twitter link).
  • The Jaguars announced that they’ve officially placed defensive tackle Roy Miller on injured reserve and promoted fellow DT Richard Ash from the practice squad.
  • The Bills have promoted wide receiver Ed Eagan to the active roster. In a corresponding move, offensive lineman Michael Ola has been waived. Buffalo was in dire need of pass-catching help as both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are dealing with injuries.
  • The Chargers have placed defensive lineman Caraun Reid on injured reserve and re-signed cornerback Pierre Desir, the club announced. As Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets, Reid is the 16th player San Diego has placed on IR, tops in the league.
  • The Bears announced that they have promoted defensive back Demontre Hurst to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make room, cornerback Jacoby Glenn has been waived.
  • The Seahawks have placed defensive end Quinton Jefferson on injured reserve and signed fellow DE Malliciah Goodman, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (Twitter link).

Broncos, Shiloh Keo Agree To Deal

Three days after releasing Shiloh Keo, the Broncos have agreed to re-sign the strong safety, reports Mike Klis of 9News (Twitter link). Keo was with the Broncos in Week 1 as he served the first part of a two-game suspension for an offseason DUI arrest, but the club briefly parted with him Saturday. Now that Keo’s ban is over, he’s free to play again.

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The 28-year-old Keo first signed with the Broncos last December after injuries to David Bruton, T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart weakened their safety depth. Keo, an ex-Texan, helped put himself on the Broncos’ radar by reaching out to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips via Twitter about his interest in joining the club. He ultimately played in seven games last season with Super Bowl-winning Denver, including its three playoff victories, and added a Week 17 interception against San Diego.

Months after both the end of their season and his arrest, the Broncos re-signed Keo in April. Now that he’s once again a member of the team, the 2011 fifth-round pick will join rookies Justin Simmons and Will Parks as reserve safeties behind starters T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart.

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Broncos Release Keo From Suspended List

Shiloh Keo incurred a two-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest this offseason and was scheduled to be eligible to return in advance of the Broncos’ Week 3 game. He will now be looking for another team after the defending Super Bowl champions released him from their suspended list, Mike Klis of 9News reports (on Twitter).

Keo functioned as a second-string safety for the Broncos after his notable Twitter plea to Wade Phillips partially led to a then-safety-depleted Denver team signing him midway through last season. However, Denver then drafted safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks this year, and the former saw action in sub-packages against the Panthers.

Despite the DUI arrest, the Broncos re-signed Keo to a one-year, $760K deal in mid-April. They will now keep four safeties, with Simmons and Parks working as the second-teamers behind T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart. The latter is playing in the final season of a two-year contract.

Injuries to Ward, Stewart and David Bruton helped Keo see action in four regular-season games last season. He intercepted a fourth-quarter pass against the Chargers that resulted in the Broncos scoring the go-ahead touchdown shortly after and weeks later recovered the AFC title-cementing onside kick against the Patriots.

Originally a fifth-round Texans pick in 2011, the 28-year-old Keo started 11 games in 2013 and made 52 tackles.

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Broncos Trim Roster To 53

The Broncos have moved their roster down to 53 players by making the following transactions:

Cut:

Placed On IR:

Additionally, DT Kyle Peko was not waived, as had been previously reported.

Shiloh Keo Gets Two-Game Suspension

The NFL has handed Broncos safety Shiloh Keo a two-game suspension for violating its substance abuse policy, reports Troy Renck of Denver 7. Keo’s punishment is the result of a February arrest for driving under the influence, which came less than a week after the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory over Carolina. Keo subsequently pleased guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge, thus paving the way for league discipline.

Shiloh Keo

The 28-year-old Keo joined the Broncos last December after injuries to David Bruton, T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart weakened their safety depth. Keo, an ex-Texan, put himself on the Broncos’ radar by reaching out to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips via Twitter about his interest in joining the club. He ultimately played in seven games last season with Denver, including its three playoff victories, and added a Week 17 interception against San Diego.

Months after both the end of their season and his arrest, the Broncos re-signed Keo to a one-year, $760K deal in April. He’s now trying to stay ahead of rookies Justin Simmons (third round) and Will Parks (sixth round) on the depth chart in order to earn a roster spot, as Renck notes. Keo can remain with the Broncos until they set their 53-man roster, according to Renck. He’ll then be barred from the team’s facilities until after its second game.

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AFC Notes: Jets, Bengals, Broncos, Titans

Former Jets second-round pick Devin Smith is confident that he’ll be able to contribute to the team in 2016, according to Zac Jackson of ProFootballTalk.com. The wideout was banged up for most of training camp last year, and his season ended following a torn ACL in December.

“Physically, I feel great,” he said. “My weight is up. I feel healthy. The trainers have pushed me in the right direction. The trainers at the Jets have been great. I feel totally comfortable that they’ll have me back when the right time comes. They watch me closely and we have great communication.

“It’s one day at a time. I really do feel better most days than I did the day before, the week before. They haven’t told me much about a timetable because the focus is just on me getting better. I know when camp starts, [how much time] we have, and I’m just glad I’m making the progress I’m making now. Hopefully we keep going in the right direction.”

Let’s check out some more notes from around the AFC…

  • Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com explores some of the Bengals best and worst contracts. Quarterback Andy Dalton‘s six-year, $96MM contract (with $17MM guaranteed) is rated as the best, while defensive tackle Domata Peko‘s two-year, $9MM contract (with $4.4MM guaranteed) is named the worst.
  • Broncos safety Shiloh Keo had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, reports Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. The 28-year-old was arrested in February in Idaho.
  • The Titans made quarterback Matt Cassel a priority in free agency, writes Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com. General manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey were both fans, and Robinson was familiar with Cassell due to their Patriots roots.

AFC Notes: Broncos, Colts, Browns, Steelers

Broncos management is at risk of sending the wrong message to the team’s players if it doesn’t reach a long-term deal with disgruntled franchise linebacker Von Miller by the July 15 deadline, opines Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. Denver’s standoff with Miller comes a year after it reduced then-quarterback Peyton Manning‘s salary by $4MM, writes Legwold, who notes that the Broncos’ willingness to play hardball with their biggest stars isn’t lost on their other players. However, as Legwold points out, the Broncos are the reigning Super Bowl champions, winners of five straight AFC West titles and have managed the salary cap well, so they’re clearly operating in a competent manner.

More from Denver and a few other AFC cities:

  • Quarterback Andrew Luck‘s record-setting contract won’t have an adverse effect on the Colts’ salary cap, argues Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Among Holder’s reasons: The cap, which has gone up $22MM since 2014, is likely to continue rising; as evidenced by the deals given to Luck, left tackle Anthony Castonzo, No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen since last summer, the Colts are now emphasizing drafting, developing and keeping their own instead of relying on free agency; and Luck helped the Colts by agreeing to a team-friendly pact that will pay him just over $23MM per year, not the $25MM annual amount many predicted.
  • Miami traded fourth-year cornerback Jamar Taylor Cleveland earlier this offseason, and the former second-round pick is excited for a new beginning with the Browns“It’s definitely a fresh start for me. For what I went through in Miami, it’s all over. This is a great group of people here, a great organization, a great staff,” Taylor told Patrick Maks of ClevelandBrowns.com. “Nobody knows me, I know nobody. It’s just really new for me. It’s definitely a fresh start, but it’s a fresh start for everybody. None of the coaches really know a lot of these guys so everybody knows they just have to go put it on tape. You are who you put on tape and you are who you are around your teammates.”
  • Although Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn’t necessarily doubt ex-Guyer Institute pharmacist Charlie Sly’s allegations regarding performance-enhancing drugs in the NFL, the writer blasts commissioner Roger Goodell over the league’s desire to interview the Steelers’ James Harrison concerning PEDs. The 38-year-old linebacker was among several players Sly accused of receiving PEDs and-or painkillers from Guyer Institute in a 2015 Al Jazeera documentary. Sly has since recanted his claims, however, and with that in mind, Starkey doesn’t see the credible evidence necessary to pursue an interview with Harrison. The NFL Players Association echoed a similar sentiment in a letter to the league earlier this week, and Harrison took to social media to express the limited terms under which he’d agree to an interview.
  • Texans minority owner Philip Burguieres has passed away, reports Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston (via Twitter). Owner Bob McNair paid tribute to Burguieres in a statement: “As most of you know, Philip worked tirelessly with me to bring an NFL franchise back to Houston in the late 1990s. He was instrumental to the success of the Texans, serving as Vice Chairman until 2012. Philip also was involved in the McNair Group investment activities. He was a longtime friend of mine and a mentor to many and will be greatly missed.”
  • Broncos safety Shiloh Keo could be subject to league discipline after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence in February, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. Keo, who joined the Broncos last December, re-signed with the team on a one-year deal in April.

Ben Levine contributed to this post.