Here’s a quick roundup of moves (some from a while ago, some recent) that affected former Virginia Tech guys …
– Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was released by the Washington Redskins in what was largely a salary cap move. Washington saved $8 million by cutting him when it did. Contrary to some reports out there, he hasn’t already signed with the Lions. Hall was a polarizing figure during his time in Washington.
– Linebacker James Anderson was cut by the Carolina Panthers, only two years into a five-year, $22 million contract he signed. Just another lesson that those big contracts in the NFL don’t mean a whole lot. It’s the guaranteed money that counts.
– The Pittsburgh Steelers released long-time outside linebacker James Harrison, another move that was largely to save salary cap room. The move opens up a chance for former Hokie Jason Worilds to step into a starting role. This will be his first complete offseason that hasn’t been interrupted by lockout or injury.
– The Cardinals cut Beanie Wells, one of a handful of running backs in Arizona. Oft-injured Ryan Williams is still on the roster, looking to come back from his second major injury (shoulder) in the last two years. Fourth-year back Larod Stephens-Howling led the team in rushing last year with 356 yards and four touchdowns. Apparently, Arizona is also interested in Reggie Bush, though.
– The Giants cut starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw last month, opening up the spot for David Wilson. A dapperly-dressed Wilson told Giants.com that he’s ready for whatever New York puts on his plate.
– Philadelphia chose not to re-sign defensive end Darryl Tapp, making him an unrestricted free agent. He comes in at No. 66 on CBS Sports’ list of free agents this offseason.
– This isn’t free agency related, but I missed it late last month: Redskins receiver Josh Morgan had three surgeries this offseason, on his ankle and both hands. He was basically playing with torn ligaments in each of his hands last year. That sounds painful.
– Michael Vick re-upped with Philadelphia last month, but he’s in the news lately for canceling stops on his book tour after receiving death threats for his dog-fighting past.
– Ed Wang signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia last month. This is only notable now because, as some have pointed out, the Eagles recently signed Patrick Chung to a contract. Oh, to be in charge of music at Lincoln Financial Field.