No sooner did the Buffalo Bills cut running back LeSean McCoy than his former coach snapped him up.
McCoy will rejoin Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, for whom McCoy played when Reid was coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN. McCoy, 31, had his least productive season as a pro in 2018, rushing for just 514 yards and three touchdowns. The Bills took Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary in the third round of this year's draft and added backs Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon as free agents.
McCoy has rushed for 10,606 yards and 69 touchdowns with the Bills and Eagles in his 10-year career. His best season in Buffalo came in 2016, when he piled up 1,267 yards at 5.4 yards per attempt, and scored 13 touchdowns.
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McCoy has a one-year deal worth $3 million, with incentives that could boost that to $4 million.
Also on Saturday, the New England Patriots sent a signal of high praise in the direction of rookie fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham with the reported release of veteran Brian Hoyer. Hoyer, who began his second tour with the Patriots on the heels of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade to the 49ers during the 2017 season, was outplayed in the preseason by Stidham. The Auburn product completed 61 of 90 passes for 731 yards with four touchdowns and one interception across four games this summer.
In other backup QB news, ESPN reports the Green Bay Packers will part ways with DeShone Kizer as the top understudy to Aaron Rodgers. As Pro Football Talk noted, Kizer is less than two years removed from starting 15 games for the Cleveland Browns. Now he's looking for work.
The Houston Texans had a busy Saturday. First they dealt three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks. Then they reportedly acquired running back Carlos Hyde in a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Houston's backfield situation took a bleak turn when starter and perennial 1,000-yard rusher Lamar Miller went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Texans' third preseason game.
Hyde rushed for 1,926 yards and 14 touchdowns between the 2016 and 2017 seasons for the 49ers, but has been in flux since then. The Texans will be his fourth team since the start of 2018.
Also on Saturday, NFL Network reported that Miami was trading offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to Houston.
Teams around the NFL on Friday got an early start at trimming their rosters from 90 players to 53 before Saturday's 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline.
Quarterback Paxton Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick of the Denver Broncos, was released by the Seattle Seahawks after the team took a flier on him in January. He'll be searching for his third team after a lackluster start to his career in which he has 792 passing yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in five games played.
The Seahawks also parted with defensive back DeShawn Shead, who played in two Super Bowls for Seattle and returned to the team this offseason after spending 2018 with the Detroit Lions. After his release was reported, Shead confirmed the news on Twitter.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who was a mainstay on the Broncos defense from 2013 to 2018, was released by the Raiders after signing a free agent contract with Oakland in March. Marshall has three 100-tackle seasons on his resume and is expected to find a new team soon.
Lynch wasn't the only former first-rounder to be released Friday.
Linebacker Shane Ray, the 23rd overall pick by the Broncos in 2015, was let go by the Baltimore Ravens after a brief stint with the reigning AFC North champions. Ray's last two seasons have been injury-riddled; over the last four seasons he has amassed 94 tackles and 14 sacks in 49 games.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive lineman Datone Jones, who was drafted 26th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2013. Jones was with the Jaguars for less than three months and will now look to latch on to his seventh team. In 2017, Jones bounced around among four teams, spending time with the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.
Several young players with NFL bloodlines got to experience the most difficult day on the league calendar.
Wide receiver Joe Horn Jr. (Baltimore Ravens), Vincent Testaverde (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and wide receiver Austin Proehl (Los Angeles Rams) were waived Friday.
However, Friday turned out to be a good day for centers across the NFL.
The Raiders made Rodney Hudson the highest-paid at his position in the league when both sides agreed to a three-year, $33.75 million extension. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has started every game over the last three seasons. He left the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 to sign a five-year, $45 million deal with the Raiders.
Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones agreed to a two-year, $13.5 million extension. The seven-year veteran left the Houston Texans to join the Titans in 2016 with a four-year, $17.5 million contract.
The New England Patriots continued to address their depth at offensive line by trading for Buffalo Bills center Russell Bodine in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick. The Scottsville, Va. native has started 64 games over the last five seasons.
Plenty of former Washington Redskins will also have to find new NFL homes after Friday's moves.
Safety Su'a Cravens (Broncos), offensive linemen Josh LeRibeus (Buccaneers), Luke Bowanko (Lions) and Tyler Catalina (Panthers), cornerbacks Joshua Holsey (Raiders) and Orlando Scandrick (Eagles), running back Mack Brown (Raiders), wide receivers Terrelle Pryor (Jaguars) Michael Floyd (Ravens), Rashad Ross (Panthers), Aldrick Robinson (Panthers) and Simmie Cobbs (Saints) and tight end Logan Paulsen (Falcons) were cut Friday.
Shortly before the 2017 season opener, Cravens, a 2016 second-round pick out of USC, informed the Redskins of his plans to retire amid personal and health-related factors. He attended a USC game at L.A. Memorial Coliseum but didn't attend the Redskins' Week 2 win over the Rams in the same stadium hours later and was placed on the reserve/left squad list the next week. The Redskins traded Cravens to the Broncos in March 2018. Since his departure from Washington, Cravens has stated his displeasure with the organization multiple times, including tweets posted this month supporting Trent Williams, who has not reported to the team yet this summer.
"2 years later and I'm still fighting the Skins on something they've continued to do countless time(s)," Cravens said in one of his tweets. "Which is why the best tackle in the game refuses to play for them now. Same reason I left. Mishandled injuries and withheld info. All evidence points to them being guilty!"