As Tuesday afternoon came to a close, a number of pink slips were handed out across the NFC North, including in Green Bay where preseason phenoms Kurt Benkert and Kabion Ento were among the team’s biggest surprises.
Many transactions will be made in the coming days as teams search the waiver wire to finalize their 53-man rosters ahead of opening week. However, a few interesting cuts and a few unfortunate injuries will shape those rosters within the division.
Today’s rundown gives the scoop on those latest storylines, including Irv Smith’s injury in Minnesota and Tyrell Crosby and Desmond Trufant’s releases in Detroit and Chicago, respectively.
Here is the latest roster for the Green Bay Packers’ border rival to the south, which includes a PUP designation for Tarik Cohen.
Although he struggled to separate from a very inexperienced cornerback room, the veteran Trufant, added on a one-year deal this offseason, was an eye-opening cut.
Although Justin Fields has justified his draft standing this preseason, the Bears’ passing attack as a whole remains a mystery without their top receivers on the field.
The former second-round linebacker was released as one of the more notable moves on cut day, but Detroit will have more transactions to make this week, particularly at tight end.
Detroit began its path toward the 53-man roster with a few initial cuts prior to Tuesday, including a surprise release of tackle Tyrell Crosby.
Last week’s rumor was not just hearsay. Detroit released one of its notable offseason signings on offense.
Minnesota’s athletically-gifted, fifth-round tight end Zach Davidson was one of the team’s final cuts. But so were Ameer Abdullah and the recently-acquired Everson Griffen.
The future is no longer murky for Smith and the Vikings, who came to an agreement prior to the beginning of the standout’s contract year.
A meniscus injury will sideline one of the team’s expected breakout players for an undisclosed amount of time. The Vikings made a move to replace him quickly on Tuesday.