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Newton heads list of NFL cuts


Cam Newton followed Mac Jones along the sideline, holding his right hand up, waiting for the rookie quarterbac­k to slap it after the No. 15 overall pick threw a touchdown in a preseason game Sunday night.

Newton may as well have been congratula­ting Jones for taking his job.

The New England Patriots released Newton on Tuesday hours before NFL teams reduced rosters to 53 players. Jones, the first QB selected in the first round during Bill Belichick’s 22 seasons in New England, takes over after Newton was a one-year stopgap following Tom Brady’s departure.

Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, headlines the list of players now seeking a new team. He was 7-8 as a starter last season.

“He started at a much higher point than what he did last year, so definitely moving in the right direction,” Belichick said of Newton on Monday.

A day later, he was moving out of Patriot Way.

Newton is not vaccinated and recently missed practice time because of COVID-19 protocols. It’s unknown whether that factored into New England’s decision to let him go.

Jacksonvil­le Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said vaccinatio­n status was a considerat­ion in their roster decisions.

“Everyone was considered. That was part of the production, let’s start talking about this and also, ‘Is he vaccinated or not?’ Can I say that that was a decisionma­ker? It was certainly in considerat­ion,” Meyer said.

Meyer pointed to defensive end Josh Allen missing one week because of protocols. Allen, who is not vaccinated, was activated from the COVID-19 list Monday.

“Well, Josh Allen’s never had (COVID),” Meyer said. “He’s not played in two weeks. So he’s never had COVID. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that, but he’s never had COVID. So that’s pretty punitive.”

The Eagles released wide receiver Travis Fulgham, who had an excellent five-game stretch last season before disappeari­ng from the offense. Veteran running back Jordan Howard also was cut by Philadelph­ia.

Baltimore released quarterbac­k Trace McSorley, leaving Tyler Huntley as the backup to Lamar Jackson. Carolina cut quarterbac­k Will Grier, a thirdround pick in 2019. The Panthers are going with Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker as their quarterbac­ks, for now.

The Falcons kept backup quarterbac­ks Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks. Rosen, a former first-round pick by Arizona, survived the cuts one week after signing with Atlanta and playing in only one preseason game.

The Browns, a legitimate title contender after so many miserable seasons, surprising­ly released wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, had a solid preseason, catching two touchdown passes in the past two games. He’s also been a valuable special teamer. However, he fell behind Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and rookie Anthony Schwartz on the depth chart as the No. 3 behind

Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.

Cleveland also kept defensive tackle Malik McDowell, a former secondroun­d pick by Seattle whose career once seemed over following an ATV accident and two arrests in 2017.

The Chiefs placed offensive lineman Kyle Long, who came out of retirement only to break his tibia at the start of camp, on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Detroit Lions left themselves without a kicker, releasing Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez.

Tennessee cut wide receiver Dez Fitzpatric­k, a fourth-round pick. The Titans traded up 15 spots to No. 109, swapping their fifth-round pick and seventhrou­nder for the receiver, who struggled with dropped passes.

The 49ers cut several veterans, including running back Wayne Gallman, receiver Travis Benjamin, safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix, cornerback Dontae Johnson and tight ends Jordan Matthews and MyCole Pruitt.

The Raiders cut speedy receiver John Brown after signing him earlier this offseason to replace the departed Nelson Agholor.

Brown had $3.24 million guaranteed on the one-year deal but fell behind Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones on the depth chart at outside receiver and was cut.

The Bengals released a pair of 2020 Week 1 starters: guard Michael Jordan and defensive tackle Mike Daniels.

Several teams made trades to reach the roster limit.

The Chiefs traded offensive lineman Yasir Durant to the Patriots for a seventh-round pick in the 2022.

The Eagles dealt offensive lineman Matt Pryor and a seventh-round pick in 2022 to the Colts for a sixth-rounder.

The Lions got wide receiver Trinity Benson and a 2023 sixth-round pick from Denver for fifth- and seventhrou­nd draft picks in 2022.

The Niners traded linebacker Jonas Griffith to Denver for a sixth-round pick. The deal also includes a swap of seventh-rounders.

Some teams still hadn’t announced their roster moves a couple hours after the deadline.

 ??  ?? Quarterbac­k Cam Newton, seen before a preseason game Sunday, was released by the Patriots on Tuesday. JOHN MINCHILLO/AP
Quarterbac­k Cam Newton, seen before a preseason game Sunday, was released by the Patriots on Tuesday. JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

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