Buffalo Bills cut quarterback Vince Young | NFL
NFL teams needed to be down to 75 players Monday, and Vince Young was perhaps the biggest name to lose his job. After Buffalo acquired Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Young was released.
Vince Young is out of work, Terrell Suggs is on the PUP list and several veteran kickers are on the street after the first set of mandatory cuts.
Teams needed to be down to 75 players Monday, and Young was perhaps the biggest name to lose his job. After the Buffalo Bills acquired Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Young — the 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year — was released.
"Vince, I don't want to get into what he can do and can't do," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. "It just didn't work out. We just need to move on and give this guy (Jackson) a try."
It has been a tough few years for Young since he was exiled by the Tennessee Titans for inconsistent play on the field and some off-the-field incidents. Young had a disappointing season as Michael Vick's backup in Philadelphia last season, and couldn't make it through the exhibition season with Buffalo.
Nix acknowledged consistency has at times been an issue with Jackson, who is with his third team in three years.
"Maybe getting in the right place and the right system, he'll blossom," Nix said. "He's bounced around a little bit, but who knows, we'll give it a try. We know he's got the ability to do it, and we'll see if he can produce."
The trade with Seattle wasn't completed until early Monday, after the Bills reached a deal with Jackson's agent, Joel Segal, to restructure the final year of the player's contract.
Jackson was to make $4 million this season, a figure the Bills deemed to be too expensive for a backup.
Jackson was at practice with the Bills and threw some passes.
Asked if he was feeling any effects of jet lag after coast-to-coast, red-eye travel, Jackson said, "It hasn't really hit me yet.
"I'm just kind of excited right now to be here and trying to get in and learn as much as possible right now."
Meanwhile, Baltimore linebacker Suggs was voted Defensive Player of the Year last season but tore his right Achilles tendon in the offseason and isn't expected back before November.
By placing him on the physically unable to perform list, the Ravens must be without Suggs for the first six weeks of the season.
Detroit running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't played since October because of concussion problems, also was placed on the PUP list.
Teams must be down to the regular-season roster limit of 53 on Friday.
Among the kickers given the boot were Olindo Mare by Carolina, Josh Brown by the New York Jets and Neil Rackers by Washington.
Mare and Brown are former Seahawks.
Ex-Washington State linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was cut by the St. Louis Rams.
New England released receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth, and defensive lineman Gerard Warren.
Green Bay lost starting linebacker Desmond Bishop for the season. He went on injured reserve with a right-leg problem.
Cowboys set rules
for receiver Bryant
IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are trying to provide guidance for Dez Bryant, a talented receiver who has had issues off the field.
Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't go into specifics or describe potential discipline for not abiding by the rules.
According to numerous reports, Bryant will attend weekly counseling sessions, have a full-time security team and not be allowed to consume alcohol or attend strip clubs. The security members will drive Bryant to team functions, including practices and games, and the receiver will also be subject to a curfew.
Bryant, 23, was arrested in July for allegedly assaulting his mother, who has since said she doesn't want authorities to pursue charges against him. The Dallas County district attorney's office has yet to make a decision about misdemeanor family violence charges.
"We're going to control what we can control as an organization, and Dez has done everything that we've asked him to do up to this point both on and off the football field," Garrett said. "Any decision about that is out of our control."
Bryant hasn't been available to speak to reporters since the start of training camp because of his pending legal issues. He didn't talk in the locker room after practice Monday.
A source told The Dallas Morning News: "Dez wants somebody to be with him all the time and help look out for him so no one tries to start anything. Dez is on a mission to win back any fans he lost. This is something that Dez is requesting, and he's all into it. He really wanted to do this."
Bryant, who has a right-knee problem, is expected to play in the Sept. 5 opener against the host New York Giants, the Morning News reported.
• New England gave Pro Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez, 22, a new, five-year contract. It reportedly is worth $40 million. The deal will run through 2018. His base salaries of $545,000 and $570,000 for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, respectively, will remain intact.
• The Jets and Rams swapped struggling right tackles as New York acquired Jason Smith, 26, from St. Louis for Wayne Hunter, 31. Hunter is a former Seahawk.
• Philadelphia quarterback Vick, who left an Aug. 20 exhibition game with bruised ribs, has returned to practice. "I think he's real close to 100 percent," Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.