The cuts just keep coming with the Chiefs, who announced the release of inside linebacker Joe Mays on Thursday. The decision to release Mays, 29, saves approximately $2.7 million off the salary cap. The Chiefs still need to cut approximately $2.8 million to get under the cap by Tuesday, the start of the new league year (and free agency).
ESPN Stats and Information showed the Chiefs to be about $5.4 million over the NFL's salary limit before they released Mays. But the Chiefs saved $2.7 million against their salary cap with his release.
The Chiefs also could designate Bowe as a post-June 1 cut, which will save them $11 million (with $3 million in dead money) in 2015, but there are some catches. First off, doing so would not help them this month; Bowe’s full salary would remain on the books until June 2, which means the Chiefs would not benefit from the additional space unless they like some players who end up being released this summer.
The best Dorsey can probably do is hope to free up enough cash to satisfy Houston and find an upgrade to Bowe. Otherwise, he'll be seeking Band-Aids for the secondary and trenches.
As much as we wanted to sneak Jarvis Landry on the All-Under-25 Team, there was just no ignoring Thomas's production in the return game, where he averaged over 30 yards per kick return and 11.9 yards per punt return. Those are both excellent figures. Thomas also took a punt back to the house. Oh, and he just turned 22 in January. Look out.
Utah State had 16 former football players work out in front of 20 National Football League (NFL) Scouts Thursday morning in its annual Pro Day. In all, scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins were in attendance.
Woodrow Lowe, Tony Richardson and Kyle Williams will be inducted into the Reese's Senior Bowl Hall of Fame on March 19. The Reese's Senior Bowl announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Thursday. The Reese's Senior Bowl Hall of Fame's 27th class is SEC all the way, with Lowe a former Alabama linebacker, Richardson a former Auburn fullback and Williams a former LSU defensive tackle.
"After much discussion with my family and business team during this offseason, I've decided to retire from the National Football League," Jones-Drew announced. "The past 9 years were absolutely amazing! I'll be forever grateful to the countless people who have assisted me throughout my NFL journey. To my fans, and NFL fans worldwide, you are the absolute greatest! But for you, our league would not exist. Football has been a central part of my life for the past 24 years. But, now I'm excited about and looking forward to the next chapter of my life."
This season he was to carry a salary of $5.2 million and cutting him leaves no dead money left behind. This release officially brings the Raiders money available under the cap to $64.1 million which is second only to the Jacksonville Jaguars who have $68.4 million to spend.
The NFL Players Association annually recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. The Byron "Whizzer" White Award is the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player. This year’s finalists are: Dustin Colquitt (Kansas City Chiefs),Chad Greenway (Minnesota Vikings), Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles), Jameel McClain (New York Giants) and Charles Tillman (Chicago Bears).