After Thursday's terrible preseason performance, quarterback Matt Leinart sounded resigned to getting cut.
Maybe he tweeted out his fate prematurely. Leinart tweeted a message Friday morning that indicated he was cut by the Bills, although he strangely deleted it shortly after. It lives on in retweets, however. (The Associated Press later confirmed Leinart has been cut.)
— Bills Brazil (@BillsBrazil) August 30, 2013
Even in a quarterback-needy situation like Buffalo, Leinart expressed after Thursday's game that he understood he needed to do more to stick around. He had a 0.0 quarterback rating after completing just 3-of-10 passes for 11 yards and two interceptions. Leinart, who was signed just last Sunday after the Bills suffered injuries to quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and E.J. Manuel, sounded like he knew what was coming next.
“I haven’t played in a while, the speed of the game and all that stuff, but just being a professional, being a football player,” he said, according to BuffaloBills.com. ”Coming in here I expect more out of myself, I have expectations for myself. Whether I was here for three days or three years, you cant do that. There’s not a lot to be said. It is what it is, you just move on and see what happens. I’m just grateful to have a fun week here. And who knows, who knows what will happen.”
So nobody should be surprised the Bills cut the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner. One would assume that, if Leinart was unemployed all summer and then couldn't make a team planning to start undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel in Week 1, his NFL career is over.
Although teams don't have to cut down to 53 players until Saturday, some clubs start early. On some early cuts, there's no need to delay the inevitable. On others, the club shows respect to a veteran by giving him an extra day to find another job. Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb was probably the latter.
Webb was the Bears' regular left tackle the past few years, starting all 32 games the past two seasons. He was typically mentioned as a main reason the Bears line has struggled the past few years, and when the Bears made upgrades this offseason, he was expendable. Given the offensive line issues in places like Oakland, San Diego and Arizona, he should find a new job.
Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me. — J'Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) August 30, 2013
The Bears also cut quarterback Jordan Palmer, who had a good preseason, and quarterback Trent Edwards.
Patriots: For a team that lost Aaron Hernandez this offseason and should still have some health concerns about Rob Gronkowski, New England doesn't seem worried about tight end. Tight ends Jake Ballard, formerly of the Giants, and Daniel Fells were the first two Patriots informed they would be cut, the Boston Globe said. That might be an indication that Rob Gronkowski won't be on the PUP list to start the season. He would miss the first six weeks of the season if he is on the PUP list. The Globe also said the Patriots cut defensive lineman Marcus Benard, in a bit of a surprise.
Falcons: Linebacker Brian Banks, who had one of the most compelling stories of the preseason, was released. But Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he'd like to find a job for Banks within the organization.
Jets: Antonio Garay, once an effective defensive lineman for the Chargers, was cut by the Jets. Even at 33, he might be able to help another team.
Seahawks: Fullback Michael Robinson, who made a Pro Bowl at the end of the 2011 season, has been released. The Seahawks, who have a run-heavy offense, will have to look somewhere else for a lead blocker now. Robinson was due a $2.5 million salary, which made the popular veteran expendable.