Source: Texans cut safety Chris Clemons

The Houston Texans have cut veteran safety Chris Clemons after signing him to a two-year, $2.7 million contract this spring that included $450,000 in guaranteed money, according to a league source.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder had 93 tackles and one interception last season for the Miami Dolphins.

He previously visited the Detroit Lions, who wound up signing former Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo to a two-year, $3.15 million contract.

A former Clemson standout, Clemons has 278 career tackles, 17 pass deflections, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The 28-year-old has played five seasons for the Dolphins.

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Raiders claim Benson Mayowa off waivers

The Oakland Raiders have claimed defensive end Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Mayowa was originally signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent last year. He played in the first two games for Seattle last season, collecting two tackles (one solo), and was inactive for the remaining 14 regular season and three postseason contests. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder played in 45 career games at the University of Idaho, recording 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The Raiders waived-injured linebacker Kaelin Burnett.

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Texans trade for Ryan Mallett, cut Case Keenum

The Houston Texans have traded for quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.

They're cutting quarterback Case Keenum with the arrival of Mallett, a 2011 third-round draft pick from Arkansas.

Mallett was replaced as the backup in New England by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo.

Mallett will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick with the Texans.

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A.Q. Shipley claimed by Colts

The Indianapolis Colts were awarded center-guard A.Q. Shipley off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens and waived center Thomas Austin.

Shipley has played in 30 career games with 14 starts over the past two seasons with Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Last season, he played in all 16 contests for the first time in his career, starting a total of nine games. Shipley was first signed by the Colts as a free agent in 2012 and competed in 14 games with five starts in 2012 before being traded to the Ravens on May 9, 2013. He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round in 2009 out of Penn State.

Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent in August.

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Alex Boone ending holdout, gets new deal

San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Alex Boone is ending his holdout and is getting a restructured new contract.

He'll make $6 million instead of an originally scheduled $3.7 million.

He also can't be franchised when the deal expires.

All fines from the holdout were excused.

So, basically Boone won the standoff.

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Michael Sam clears waivers

Michael Sam cleared waivers today.

The St. Louis Rams cut the rookie defensive end on Saturday.

He recorded three sacks, but was edged out by Ethan Westbrooks.

Sam is looking to become the first openly gay player on an NFL roster.

The former Missouri All-American and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year is eligible to join the practice squad.

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Tightening up the rosters

Looking back at some of the NFL roster moves made over the last two days, I can’t say there were many surprises. Every year there are some cuts that make national headlines, but I think that if you looked back over the years, a very high percentage of the players cut deserved to be released.

Remember, the 32 NFL clubs are still not finished finalizing their respective rosters. Sunday at noon eastern is when clubs will find out if any of the players they waived were claimed by other organizations. Some of those players have practice squad eligibility, but the club will have to look elsewhere if another franchise snatches them up.

Also at noon, clubs will find out if they were awarded any of the players they may have claimed. When that happens, a player who yesterday thought he had made the 53-man roster ends up getting cut.

An interesting aspect with the waiver claiming process that rarely gets mentioned is that some clubs often put in claims on more than one player at a certain position. When doing that, teams are prioritizing which player they would want first, second or third. This usually happens when the club putting in a claim is somewhere in the middle or latter portion of the pack when it comes to claims.

Until a few games are played this season, waiver claims are based off of last year’s won/loss records. The order is very similar to the selection order of last May’s draft. Knowing this, a club that may sit in the 15th or 20th positions in the claiming order may put in a claim on, say, three different wide receivers. They prioritize which of the receivers they would want, first second or third. If the first receiver goes unclaimed by any clubs above them in the order, then that player is theirs and the other two players they had priority claims on are automatically dropped. This will happen multiple times Sunday around the league.

Stephen HillWide receiver Stephen Hill was bounced by the Jets on Saturday after just two seasons.

On Tuesday, some players with injuries can be placed on “injured reserved designated for return.” Once that happens, a player needs to be signed to replace the player going on injured reserve.

After next week’s opening games, we will see many vested veterans signed by clubs because the signing club no longer has to guarantee that player’s salary for the season. It becomes a game-by-game salary. You will see many veteran players who were cut on Saturday back on NFL rosters in another week. Some veterans may have already verbally agreed to do that with the teams who cut them. It’s all part of the process.

The other thing we will see shortly is clubs bringing in players for workouts. This usually happens on Tuesdays with most clubs. What the clubs are doing is preparing their short list of players on the street who are available to sign in case of an injury to one of their current players. The clubs who do the best job preparing for injuries can survive if they start losing key players.

Stephen Hill’s agent complains

Shortly after it was announced that the New York Jets were waiving third-year wide receiver Stephen Hill, it was reported that his agent, Alan Herman, claimed it was the Jets’ fault that Hill didn’t develop.

When I first read the report, I thought, “This is nonsense.” Alan Herman is an excellent agent, but I feel he is off base on this one.

Back in June, when I wrote my Jets season preview, I stated that Hill was in trouble. It was news all over the league that the Jets were going to either try and trade Hill or release him. Basically, he didn’t turn out to be the player they thought they were drafting back in 2012.

Yes, a coach’s job is to try and develop each of his players, but it is also the player’s job to work at part of that development. Some players are great athletes but they aren’t great players. They are missing something when it comes to reaching their potential. It could be instincts or work ethic, hands, etc. I was never in the Jets camp, so I can’t say for sure. I do know from watching tape that Hill is an average player at best. He doesn’t run good routes, you can’t trust his hands and he lacks a degree of toughness.

With Hill being a second-round pick, it is ludicrous to think the Jets didn’t do everything possible to get him to play to his best. In his two seasons with the Jets he did play under two different coordinators and didn’t develop under either. That’s the Jets fault? I think not.

The only thing you can blame the Jets for is drafting Hill in the second round. If you look back at his college career, you will see that in his final two seasons at Georgia Tech he caught a total of 43 passes. Hill was a rare athlete but not a top player. Scouts were hoping he would develop like Demaryius Thomas who played at Georgia Tech right before Hill. While Hill and Thomas may have had similar athletic numbers, Thomas’ production was far superior. Thomas caught more passes in his final year at Georgia Tech then Hill caught in two seasons.

In hindsight, Hill may have been a second-round athlete, but he was not a second-round player. Herman can’t blame the Jets coaching staff for not developing Hill, but he can blame their personnel department for drafting the player too high. However, I don’t think you will see him do that.

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49ers' Ray McDonald arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers veteran defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested on a charge of suspicion of domestic violence, according to NBC Bay Area.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

He's been booked into jail with no bail, according to Santa Clara Department of Correction records.

Per the report, McDonald's alleged victim is pregnant.

McDonald could be facing a six-game suspension under NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's increased penalties for domestic violence.

Here's part of the letter Goodell sent to owners:

“Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.”

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Source: Redskins try out Shaq Rowell

The Washington Redskins tried out former West Virginia defensive tackle Shaq Rowell, according to a league source.

Rowell has a previous stint with the Carolina Panthers.

He went undrafted in May.

Rowell was a two-year starter at West Virginia who had 47 tackles as a senior and 42 as a junior.

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Source: Bengals tried out Jacoby Ford, Brian Wozniak

The Cincinnati Bengals worked out former New York Jets and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford, according to a source.

The Bengals also tried out former Atlanta Falcons tight end Brian Wozniak.

Ford played for Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson with the Raiders. He was cut by the Jets when they trimmed their roster to 75 players.

Ford is a former track standout from Clemson.

Ford caught 13 passes for 99 yards and no touchdowns last season.

In four NFL seasons, Ford has 57 catches for 848 yards and three touchdowns.

Ford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in 2010.

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