When the Houston Texans lower former Pittsburgh Steelers vast receiver Donte Moncrief in late July, it appeared prefer it could be the tip of the street for the eight-year NFL veteran. Not so quick.
Based on longtime NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, on Monday the Texans labored out Moncrief, together with 5 different gamers.
The Texans initially inked Moncrief to a one-year, $1.15 million contract in March, although he didn’t precisely set the world on hearth at any of his final three NFL stops—with the Steelers, New York Jets and New England Patriots.
Of the three, he had probably the most success in New England (in 2020), as he appeared in six video games and caught one cross for 15 yards whereas speeding for 4 yards. He even managed to spark a Patriots comeback win (vs. the Arizona Cardinals) by breaking off a 53-yard kickoff return, particularly notable in that Moncrief has hardly any historical past as a kick returner.
Moncrief’s Profession Arc Modified in 2019
But it surely was in Pittsburgh the place Moncrief’s profession took a nostril dive. Previous to that the onetime third-round decide of the Indianapolis Colts (2014) had been a productive receiver in each Indy and Jacksonville (2018).
In reality, Moncrief had 200 profession receptions with 21 receiving touchdowns throughout his first 5 seasons within the league. That explains why the Steelers had been prepared to offer him a two-year, $9 million contract in March 2019—a thrill for Moncrief’s father, Spencer, who’s a longtime Steelers fan, according to Steelers.com.
However Moncrief dropped 4 passes in Pittsburgh’s season-opening loss to the Patriots in Sept. 2019, as many as he caught in his whole Steelers tenure. Then he was accountable for Mason Rudolph’s first profession interception the subsequent week towards Seattle, which was successfully the tip of his alternative in Pittsburgh, although the Steelers didn’t launch him till November 2019.
The timing was not coincidental; the Steelers needed to lower him to protect an anticipated compensatory decide within the 2020 NFL draft. Pittsburgh used that decide to draft exterior linebacker Alex Highsmith, who now begins reverse fellow OLB and perennial Defensive Participant of the Yr candidate T.J. Watt. However the transfer was not with out penalties. He took up $1.75 million price of area on the staff’s 2020 wage cap, the second-highest ‘dead money’ cap hit on the books that yr.
Buccaneers Work Out Kameron Canaday
In the meantime, on Monday Aaron Wilson additionally reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers labored out former Steelers long-snapper Kameron Canaday and 5 different gamers.
Canaday, 28, served as Pittsburgh’s long-snapper for 4 seasons (2017-20), however this summer season he misplaced his job to Christian Kuntz, 27, who beat him out within the preseason after Kuntz labored on his craft for a number of years, motivated by suggestions he heard at a workout for the Inexperienced Bay Packers in 2017.
It doesn’t seem as if Canaday will probably be becoming a member of the Buccaneers, nonetheless, as Tampa Bay has elected to sign former Jacksonville Jaguars long-snapper Carson Tinker to its lively roster. The Bucs wanted a brand new long-snapper because of a hand harm suffered by Zach Triner within the season opener towards the Dallas Cowboys.
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