Quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn were among the more marquee names of players released by NFL teams to reach the league-mandated 53-man season opening rosters on Saturday.
Tebow, who signed with the Patriots earlier this season but failed in his attempt to stay with the team as a third-string quarterback, may have seen his NFL career come to an abrupt end.
Likewise to former Notre Dame star Quinn, who played for four teams -- Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Seattle -- in his six years in the league.
Another quarterback, Matt Leinart, failed to impress enough to stick with the Buffalo Bills, who released him while also placing fellow QB Kevin Kolb on injured reserve.
Also of note, one player went out on his own terms, rather than run the likely risk of being cut. Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield announced his retirement from the Seattle Seahawks. With the Seahawks expected to go with a younger, faster secondary, Winfield apparently decided that after 14 years in the NFL, it was time to move on.
Here is a complete list of transactions that occurred Saturday, including players released, waived or placed on injured reserve:
Arizona Cardinals: G Jonathan Cooper placed on IR. Released DT David Carter, S Jonathon Amaya, G Chilo Rachal, S Curtis Taylor, WR Mike Thomas, WR Charles Hawkins, C Adam Bice, WR Dan Buckner, TE Alex Gottlieb, G Senio Kelemete, LB Zack Nash, LB Colin Parker and TE Richard Quinn, T Jamaal Johnson-Webb, LB Kenny Rowe, DT Padric Scott, WR Kerry Taylor.
Atlanta Falcons: QB Sean Renfree and TE Andrew Szczerba placed on IR. Released LB Brian Banks, G Theo Goins, DT Neal Huynh, CB Terrence Johnson, S Charles Mitchell, DE Micanor Regis, T Alex Savoie, LB Pat Schiller, K Jeremy Shelley, CB Peyton Thompson and RB Ronnie Wingo, RB Patrick DiMarco, LB Robert James, WR Darius Johnson, DB Jordan Mabin, G Phillipkeith Manley, G Jacques McClendon, WR Martel Moore, DT Adam Replogle, WR James Rodgers.
Baltimore Ravens: Placed LB D.J. Bryant on IR. Released WR Tandon Doss, S Omar Brown, TE Matt Furstenburg, DT Cody Larson, G Antoine McClain, RB Bobby Rainey, T J.J. Unga and TE Billy Bajema.
Buffalo Bills: Placed QB Kevin Kolb, WR Brad Smith and FB Drew Smith on IR. Released QB Matt Leinart, CB Crezdon Butler, T Zebrie Sanders, LB Kourtnei Brown, RB Zach Brown, G Antoine Caldwell, G Zach Chibane, DB Jordan Dangerfield, TE Dorin Dickerson, DB Kip Edwards, RB Kendall Gaskins, DT Jarron Gilbert, DB T.J. Heath, WR Brandon Kaufman, LB Keith Pough, TE Nick Provo, LB Brian Smith, C David Snow, QB Thaddeus Lewis, LB Bryan Scott, DT Torrell Troup, DE Jamie Blatnick and DE Izaan Cross.
Carolina Panthers: Released CB Drayton Florence, QB Jimmy Clausen, DT Siona Fua, WR Brenton Bersin, T Garrett Chisholm, TE Dominique Curry, G Hayworth Hicks, LB Doug Hogue, WR Taulib Ikharo, LB Ben Jacobs, S Robert Lester, G Tori Mobley, TE Zack Pianalto, RB Tauren Poole, DE Craig Roh, WR James Shaw, DT Casey Walker, S D.J. Campbell, WR David Gettis, S Anderson Russell, T Patrick Brown, CB Drayton Florence, LB Jason Williams.
Chicago Bears: Waived/injured S Brandon Hardin. Released QB Jordan Palmer, T J'Marcus Webb, WR Josh Lenz, S Tom Nelson, QB Trent Edwards, OL Edwin Williams, LB Jerry Franklin, WR Brittan Golden, RB Armando Allen, TE Fendi Onobun, DL Aston Whiteside, DL Josh Williams, DL Christian Tupou, CB Demontre Hurst, G Derek Dennis, RB Harvey Unga, LS Brandon Hartson, LB J.T. Thomas, WR Terrence Toliver, OT Cory Brandon, DT Corvey Irvin.
Cincinnati Bengals: Placed LB Emmanuel Lamur on IR and RB Bernard Scott on reserve/PUP. Released T Dennis Roland, RB Daniel Harron, FB John Conner, WR Cobi Hamilton, LB J.K. Schaffer. Waived QB John Skelton, LS Bryce Davis, S Tony Dye, T Reid Fragel, C T.J. Johnson, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, CB Onterio McCalebb, DE Dontay Moch, CB Shaun Prater, WR Tayeon Rogers, WR Roy Roundtree, DT Terrence Stephens, G John Sullen, LB Bruce Taylor.
Cleveland Browns: Placed WR Josh Gordon on reserve/suspended list. Released TE Dan Gronkowski, OL Braxton Cave, WR Mike Edwards, DB Abdul Kanneh, RB Miguel Maysonet, DB Kent Richardson, P Colton Schmidt, WR David Nelson, K Shayne Graham, K Brandon Bogatay. Waived OL Aaron Adams, DB Akeem Auguste, LB Justin Cole, RB Jamiane Cook, DL Hall Davis, WR Tori Gurley, LB James-Michael Johnson, WR David Nelson, WR Naaman Roosevelt, DL Brian Sanford, DB Jamoris Slaughter, LB Justin Staples.
Dallas Cowboys: Released WR Tim Benford, DB Xavier Brewer, WR Danny Coale, T Edawn Coughman, G Ray Dominguez, DE Jabari Fletcher, DE Thaddeus Gibson, DB Jakar Hamilton, C Kevin Kowalski, LB Cameron Lawrence, RB Kendial Lawrence, DT Jerome Long, LB Brandon Magee, LB Caleb McSurdy, DB Sterling Moore, DB Micah Pellerin, LB Taylor Reed, QB Alex Tanney, DE Jason Vega.
Denver Broncos: Placed LB Von Miller on reserve/suspended and LBs Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray and DE Quanterus Smith on IR. Released WR Tavarres King, T Vinston Painter, RB Lance Ball, C/G C.J. Davis, RB Jeremiah Johnson, C/G Ryan Lilja, TE Jake O'Connell. Waived DE Jeremy Beal, C/G Philip Blake, T Paul Cornick, DT Romney Fuga, DT Ben Garland, CB Aaron Hester, LB Damian Holmes, S Ross Rasner, WR Gerell Robinson, WR Lamaar Thomas, DE John Youboty.
Detroit Lions: Waived-injured S Martavius Neloms. Placed LB Jon Morgan on IR. Released CB Chris Greenwood, WR Corey Fuller, LB Brandon Hepburn, OL Darren Keyton, OL Kevin Haslam, S Amari Spievey, CB Ron Bartell, LB Chris White, DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, DT Xavier Proctor, DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo, RB Steven Miller, P Blake Clingan, RB Shaun Chapas, G Rodney Austin.
Green Bay Packers: Released QB Vince Young, TE D.J. Williams, LB Dezman Moses, WR Myles White, WR Tyler Walker, TE Jake Stoneburner, DB Brandon Smith, LB Donte Savage, DB Chaz Powell, DB James Nixon, DT Jordan Miller, DB Loyce Means, LB Terrell Manning, C Patrick Lewis, WR Charles Johnson, T Kevin Hughes, RB Alex Green, C Garth Gerhart, DB David Fulton, T Andrew Datko, RB Jonathan Amosa.
Houston Texans: Placed WR Alan Bonner (hamstring), OT Brennan Williams (knee), LB Trevardo Williams (knee) on IR. Released DL Daniel Muir, NT David Hunter and WR Mike Smith on injury settlements. Released DE Keith Browner, TE Jake Byrne, CB Roc Carmichael, FB Tyler Clutts, LB Cameron Collins, WR Andy Cruse, OL Tyler Horn, DE Delano Johnson, RB Dennis Johnson, S Orhian Johnson, NT Chris Jones, RB Deji Karim, OL Alex Kupper, CB Elbert Mack, OT Nate Menkin, LB Mike Mohamed, WR EZ Nwachukwu, S Jawanza Starling.
Indianapolis Colts: Waived-injured OT Emmett Cleary, LB Shawn Loiseau and CB Daxton Swanson. Released OT Ben Iialana, DT Drake Nevis, LB Daniel Adongo, S Larry Asante, C Thomas Austin, CB Marshay Green, DE Lawrence Guy, QB Chandler Hornish, FB Robert Hughes, TE Dominique Jones, WR Jeremy Kelley, LB Josh McMary, CB Sheldon Price, WR Jabin Sambrano, WR Lanear Sampson, LB Monte Simmons, OT Bradley Sowell, DT Martin Tevaseu, OT Lee Ziemba.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Placed WR Justin Blackmon on reserve/suspended list. Released WR Jeremy Ebert, DE Pannel Egboh, RB Jonathan Grimes, QB Mike Kafka, LB Brandon Marshall, WR Charly Martin, OT Pat McQuistan, G Drew Nowak, CB Kevin Rutland, DT D'Anthony Smith, LB Julian Stanford, CB Marcus Trufant, WR Toney Clemons, DE Ryan Davis, DT T.J. Barnes, OT R.J. Dill, TE Ryan Otten, WR Tobais Palmer, QB Matt Scott, S Steven Terrell, LB Mike Zimmer.
Kansas City Chiefs: Released TE Tony Moeski, T Steven Baker, WR Josh Bellamy, DB Malcolm Bronson, DB Greg Castillo, C Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, RB Shawn Draughn, WR Frankie Hammond, TE Demetrius Harris, DB Tysyn Hartman, G Ricky Henry, DE Austen Lane, LB Orie Lemon, DB Semaj Moody, RB Toben Opurum, T Matt Reynolds, WR Rico Richardson, G Rokevious Watkins, LB Ridge Wilson.
Miami Dolphins: T Jeff Adams and QB Aaron Corp placed on IR. Released G Chris Barker, C Sam Brenner, WR Chad Bumphis, WR Keenan Davis, DT A.J. Francis, RB Jonas Gray, DB Keelan Johnson, DB Jordan Kovacs, T Andrew McDonald, WR Marvin McNutt, TE Kyle Miller, DE Tristan Okpalaugo, DB Julian Posey, DB Julian Posey, DB DeAndre Presley, DT Kheeston Randall, DT Tracy Robertson, LB Lee Robinson, LB Austin Spitler, WR Brian Tyms.
Minnesota Vikings: Placed DB Bobby Felder and DE D'Aundre Reed on IR. Released TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, DB Brandon Bishop, G Travis Bond, DB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, DT Everett Dawkins, Darius Eubanks, TE Chase Ford, DT Anthony McCloud, T Kevin Murphy, DE Spencer Nealy, WR Rodney Smith, WR Adam Thielen, DE Collins Ukwu.
New England Patriots: Placed S Adrian Wilson on IR. Released QB Tim Tebow, OT Daniel Fells, OT Jake Ballard, DL Marcus Benard, WR Johnathan Haggerty, LB Mike Rivera, OL Luke Patterson FB Ben Bartholomew, DL Gilbert Peña, OL Matt Stankiewitch, DL Scott Vallone, DT Marcus Forston, P Zoltan Mesko, DT Justin Francis, LB Ja'Gared Davis, RB George Winn, WR Quentin Sims, S Kannorris Davis, DB Justin Green, OL Josh Kline, DE Jermaine Cunningham, OL Chris McDonald, LB Jeff Tarpinian, DB Stephone Morris.
New Orleans Saints: Placed C Eric Olsen on IR. Waived QB Ryan Griffin, WR Preston Parker, FB Austin Johnson, WR Saalim Haim, G Elliott Mealer, TE Keavon Milton, TE Michael Higgins, G Andrew Tiller, C Jeremiah Warren, LB Ray Shipman, LB Rufus Johnson, DT Isaako Aaitui, S Jerico Nelson, LB Baraka Atkins, OT Marcel Jones, CB Korey Lindsey, CB Jumal Rolle.
New York Giants: Placed S Will Hill on suspended list for first four games of season. Placed G Selvish Capers on IR. Placed G Stephen Goodin on Waived-Injured. Released S Tyler Sash on injury settlement. Released WR Ramses Barden, DE Matt Broha, S David Caldwell, G Stephen Goodwin, CB Charles James, T Matt McCants, DT Marvin Austin, LB Kyle Bosworth, G Bryant Browning, WR Kevin Hardy, WR Marcus Harris, G Eric Herman, DB Charles James, DE Adewale Ojomo, WR Julian Talley, DE Adrian Tracy.
New York Jets: Released RB Mossis Madu on injury settlement. Released QB Greg McElroy, K Dan Carpenter, DT Antonio Garay, WR Royce Adams, NT Junior Aumavae, WR Michael Campbell, DT Lanier Coleman, C Erik Cook, LB Troy Davis, LB JoJo Dickson, DB Mike Edwards, DT Tevita Finau, DB Rontez Miles, TE Chris Pantale, WR Zach Rogers, T J.B. Shugarts, LB Jacquies Smith.
Oakland Raiders: Placed T Willie Smith on IR. Released DT Ryan Baker, DE David Bass, LB Billy BOyko, DB Chance Casey, G Jason Foster, TE Richard Gordon, WR Greg Jenkins, DB Shelton Johnson, TE Brian Leonhardt, G Lamar Mady, K Justin Medlock, DT Kurt Taufa'asau, LB Chase Thomas, WR Connor Vernon, RB Deonte Williams.
Philadelphia Eagles: Placed DE Joe Kruger on IR. Waived CB Trevard Lindley with injury settlement. Released LB Everette Brown, DT Antonio Dixon, QB Dennis Dixon, DE David King, QB G.J. Kinne, G Matt Kopa, WR Ifeanyi Momah, WR Will Murphy, C Dallas Reynolds, LB Adrian Robinson, G Matt Tennant, T Michael Bamiro, G Danny Watkins, TE Clay Harbor, WR Russell Shepard, S David Sims, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Travis Long, LB Chris McCoy, WR Greg Salas.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Released RB Jonathan Dwyer, P Brian Moorman. Waived RB Alvester Alexander, DL Alameda Ta'amu, DL Brian Arnfelt, LB Alan Baxter, LB Terence Garvin, LB Marshall McFadden, LB Brian Rollie, WR Justin Brown, WR Reggie Dunn, WR Kashif Moore, OL Mike Golic, OL Chris Hubbard, OL Joe Long, OL Joe Madsen, TE Jamie McCoy, TE Nathan Overbay, DB Terry Hawthorne, DB Devin Smith, DB Ross Ventrone, DB Josh Victorian.
San Diego Chargers: Released T Max Starks, CB Cornelius Brown, S Sean Cattouse, LB Phillip Dillard, CB Greg Gatson, LB Jerrell Harris, CB William Middleton, LB Daniel Molls, T Randy Richards, G Steve Schilling, WR Luke Tasker, WR Robert Meachem, T Nick Becton, LB Frank Beltre, TE Ben Cotton, CB Marcus Cromartie, DE Logan Harrell, RB Michael Hill, CB Josh Johnson, LB Thomas Keiser, C David Molk, TE David Rolf.
San Francisco 49ers: Released LS Brian Jennings, WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR Austin Collie, WR Chad Hall, WR Kassim Osgood, CB Marcus Cooper, T Carter Bykowski, LB Travis Johnson, S Michael Thomas, FB Jason Schepler, S Trenton Robinson, G Wayne Tribue, TE MarQueis Gray, RB Jewel Hampton, LB Joe Holland, WR Chuck Jacobs, CB Darryl Morris, G Patrick Omameh, WR Kassim Osgood, DT Mike Purcell, QB Seneca Wallace, T Kenny Wiggins.
Seattle Seahawks: CB Antoine Winfield retired. Released WR Phil Bates on injury settlement. Released QB Brady Quinn, FB Michael Robinson, DL Jaye Howard, DT Michael Brooks, DT Dewayne Cherrington, WR Arceto Clark, TE Darren Fells, DB Winston Guy, WR Chris Harper, TE Cooper Helfet, G Rishaw Johnson, TE Sean McGrath, DB Ron Parker, LB Ty Powell, G Ryan Seymour, DB DeShawn Shead, DT Sealver Siliga, G Jared Smith, WR Bryan Walters.
St. Louis Rams: Placed T Ty Nsekhe on IR. Released G Ryan Lee on injury settlement. Released DE Sammy Brown, TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, DE Mason Brodine, DT Garrett Goebel, S Rashard Hall, WR Nicholad Johnson, CB Drew Thomas, TE Zach Potter, DE R.J. Washington, T D.J. Young, WR Emory Blake, QB Austin Davis, DB Cody Davis, T Sean Hooey, LB Josh Hull, DB Andre Martin, RB Eric Stevens, DB Drew Thomas, WR Justin Veltung, DE R.J. Washington, DB Darren Woodard, T D.J. Young.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Placed K Lawrence Tynes on reserve/non-football injury list. Released S Cody Grimm, DT Gary Gibson, S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, T Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, K Derek Dimke, WR David Douglas, LB Ka'lial Glaud, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, TE Danny Noble, WR Chris Owusu, T Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson, G Cody Wallace, G Roger Allen, WR Jordan Norwood.
Tennessee Titans: Placed WR Marc Mariani on IR. Released OL Kasey Studdard, RB Jalen Parmele, OL Daniel Baldridge, DT Zach Clayton, TE Brandon Barden, LB Gary Guyton, DT Nigel Nicholas, WR Dontel Watkins, QB Rusty Smith, LB Scott Solomon, TE Jack Doyle, FB Colin Mooney, LB Tim Shaw, WR Rashad Ross.
Washington Redskins: Placed WR Dezmon Briscoe on waived-injured list. Waived DL Chigbo Anunoby, LB Marvin Burdette, LB Will Compton, RB Tristan Davis, WR Skye Dawson, S DeJon Gomes, DE Dominique Hamilton, RB Jawan Jamison, WR Lance Lewis, C Kevin Matthews, CB Chase Minnifield, T Xavier Nixon, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, LB Vic So'oto, OL Tevita Stevens, WR Nick Williams. Released with injury settlement: DT Ron Brace, T Tony Pashos, RB Keiland Williams.