The Detroit Lions waived FB Jerome Felton on Tuesday, but he found a new home on Wednesday.
Felton (6-0, 245), who was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Lions, was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, a source confirmed. The Panthers had the first overall spot since the order is based on standings from last season.
Felton’s job security with the Lions, despite starting 16 games over his first three years of play, became tenuous because the team is deemphasizing the fullback position.
“Obviously our fullback position has been de-emphasized and we’re using different people in those roles and it was time to make that move,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said.
The Lions still have one fullback on their 80-man roster – Matt Clapp.
The Panthers, who waived FB Rashawn Jackson to make room for Felton, still have two fullbacks on the roster – starter Tony Fiammetta and Richie Brockel. A possible reason why the team wanted Felton is because Fiammetta is dealing with a neck injury. He has missed the last two preseason games.
Despite Felton’s $1.2 million base salary for 2011, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles also placed waiver claims in for Felton.
The Vikings already have two fullbacks on their roster – Ryan D’Imperio and Matt Asiata.
The Eagles, who have two fullbacks on their 80-man roster, were said to be looking for competition for starter Owen Schmitt, a source indicated, which suggests they could look to sign another veteran who winds up being released after the final roster reduction this Saturday. Seventh-round pick Stanley Haviliis the other fullback on the roster.
The San Francisco 49ers wound up selecting seven players in 2012 NFL Draft—and now they have two of them under contract.
The latest to agree to a deal is FS Trent Robinson, a source confirmed. Robinson, out of Michigan St., is the second of their two sixth-round picks. Like fellow sixth-rounder C/G Jason Slowey, Robinson agreed to a four-year deal.
Robinson (5-10, 195) came to Michigan St. as a cornerback, but was switched to safety.
“Trenton Robinson, very excited about him. Great skill, athleticism, really has got the ability to be a corner, got those kind of movement skills,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the draft. “Confident more time on task at the safety position that he’ll be able to do everything that we need to do there. Learn the angles. Learn how to track the ball deep. Those are things that I believe he’ll improve on on our team with our coaching staff and our players. More time on task playing the deep ball. He makes a lot of plays up near the front, he’s got that kind of toughness and hard nose to do that. I think he’ll improve nicely and be just fine.”
Some personnel evaluators coming into the draft believed he could wind up playing slot cornerback because of his willingness to be physical.
“He’s a young man that plays the game fast and physical. He’s an undersized guy that has a chip on his shoulder. He’s been a standout special teams player there in his younger days within the program,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke added. “Even though he’s a smaller guy by size, he’s not afraid to mix it up down low and has shown the ability to make some things happen in the back half as well. So, the versatility, the will to compete, all of those things we liked about him.”
UPDATE: The 49ers also agreed to a deal with fifth-round pick OLB Darius Fleming, according to his agent, Dave Lee.
Veteran ILB Demorrio Williams will continue his career in the AFC West.
Williams and the San Diego Chargers have agreed on a one-year contract, a source told thesidelineview.com.
Williams, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week, started 22 games during his four-year tenure with the team.
The veteran defender was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Williams primarily lined up at WLB for the Falcons, but moved inside after joining the Chiefs.
During his four seasons with the Falcons, Williams started 43 games while appearing in 64.
In his eight seasons of play, Williams, 31, has only missed four games.
Williams should get a chance to compete for a starting job with the Chargers at ILB.
The Kansas City Chiefs and veteran G/C Russ Hochstein have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, an NFL source told Thesidelineview.com.
The reason why the Chiefs decided to bring in the veteran interior offensive linemen is due to the knee injury that starting C Rodney Hudson suffered against the New Orleans Saints in last week’s game. Starting LG Ryan Lilja moved over to center after Hudson got hurt.
Hochstein (6-4, 305) is in his 12th season in the NFL after playing with the Denver Broncos (2009-11), New England Patriots (2002-08) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-02). He played the past three seasons with the Broncos including in 2011 when he appeared in 15 regular season games and started both postseason contests at right guard.
He originally entered the league with the Buccaneers as a fifth round selection (151st overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Nebraska. For his career, he has appeared in 138 regular season games with 36 starts and 15 postseason contests with six starts. During his career, he has made starts at center, guard, tight end and fullback. He also owns two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons.
Hochstein, 34, was in training camp with the Arizona Cardinals, but was released on Aug. 31.