Texans get Tunsil from Miami on busy cutdown day
The Houston Texans on a busy day of trades Saturday addressed a glaring need to upgrade their offensive line by acquiring left tackle Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins in a deal that also netted them receiver Kenny Stills, a source familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
Miami will receive two first-round picks, one in the second and will also get offensive tackle Julien Davenport and cornerback Johnson Bademosi in the deal. The Texans will get a fourth-round pick in the trade, which comes after they agreed to a deal to ship 2014 top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks earlier on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
The Texans also acquired running back Carlos Hyde in a trade with Kansas City for offensive tackle Martinas Rankin to add depth after losing starter Lamar Miller to a season-ending knee injury.
The trades came on a day when NFL teams set their 53-player rosters.
Bills: In a surprise move, Buffalo released 31-yearold running back LeSean McCoy. General manager Brandon Beane cited the emergence of rookie Devin Singletary and McCoy having to play a diminished role as key factors in the decision.
Jaguars: Starting middle linebacker Myles Jack agreed to a four-year, $57 million extension, the Florida Times-Union and ESPN reported. He will become the NFL’s third highest-paid linebacker. Falcons: Atlanta is bringing back 44-year-old kicker Matt Bryant after failing to find his successor. Bryant was released in a cost-cutting move after the 2018 season.
Eagles: The Eagles released their two top rushers from last season: Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood, and Stefen Wisniewski, the starting left guard for the 2017 Super Bowl champions. Seahawks: Seattle set its roster without a backup quarterback to Russell Wilson after releasing both Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch.
Patriots: New England released backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Rookie Jarrett Stidham, the fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn, will back up 20-year veteran Tom Brady. Hoyer and Thomas are not subject to the waiver process and could return to the Patriots if they make further roster moves. Chargers: Fifth-year running back Melvin Gordon, who is in a contract holdout, has permission to seek a trade, the Los Angeles Times and NFL Network reported. … Starting left tackle Russell Okung will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He suffered a pulmonary embolism in June.
Broncos: The Broncos need a backup to new quarterback Joe Flacco after cutting Kevin Hogan and rookie Brett Rypien. General manager John Elway said rookie Drew Lock (thumb) will go on injured reserve with the hope he can return at midseason.
Packers: The release of quarterback DeShone Kizer means Tim Boyle will be Aaron Rodgers’ backup – for now. Bengals: Injured receiver A.J. Green remained on the active roster, with the hope he can return from surgery on his left ankle during the first half of the season.
Chiefs: Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas was suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substance abuse. Raiders: Defensive tackle Justin Ellis was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury. Giants: New York waived quarterback Kyle Lauletta, a fourth-round draft choice last season. Vikings: Minnesota waived kicker/punter prospect Kaare Vedvik just three weeks after acquiring him in a trade with Baltimore for a fifthround draft pick. Incumbent Dan Bailey will stay on as kicker. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, their first-round draft pick in 2016, was also released. Browns: Undrafted rookie Jamie Gillan, nicknamed “The Scottish Hammer,” won the punting job over incumbent Britton Colquitt with solid performances, including a 74-yard punt in an exhibition. Trades: Tampa Bay acquired offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and a draft pick from the Steelers for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft. … The Titans sent speedy but inconsistent wide receiver Taywan Taylor, their third-round draft pick in 2017, to Cleveland for a 2020 draft pick. … Kansas City agreed to trade cornerback Mark Fields, an undrafted free agent from Clemson, to the Vikings.