49ers coach Chip Kelly continues to claim the team's quarterback competition remains open.
Blaine Gabbert has done nothing to run with the job, but Colin Kaepernick has somehow done even less. All signs have pointed to Gabbert under center for the opener for weeks now. Kap has seemed checked out of San Francisco since last season, and has seen his on-field performance deteriorate at an alarming rate. All he's really accomplished this summer is setting off constitutional debates on Twitter.
49ers waived/released WR Jerome Simpson, WR DiAndre Campbell, RB Kendall Gaskins, DL Darren Lake, K John Lunsford, LB Wynton McManis, OL Blake Muir, OL Ian Silberman and CB Cleveland Wallace.
Simpson was due $885,000 after catching five balls in six games last season. The appearances were the oft-suspended wideout's first since 2013. Now on the wrong side of 30, Simpson is at the end of the line of what's been a career full of missed opportunities.
Brandon Marshall is inactive for the Jets' third preseason game.
Marshall is an 11th-year pro with 882 career catches. He doesn't need a "dress rehearsal" for Week 1. Marshall has little shot at matching last year's ridiculous 109/1,502/14 line, but remains a firm WR1 in an offense that figures to throw as much as any in football.
Rams signed WR Tavon Austin to a four-year, $42 million extension through 2021.
The deal includes a whopping $30 million guaranteed, a princely sum for a 5-foot-8 gadget player the Rams have desperately wishcasted as a No. 1 receiver since trading up for him in the 2013 draft. Austin is coming off a unique season where he eclipsed both 400 yards rushing and receiving, but simply isn't worthy of this kind of deal. The Rams under Jeff Fisher have a tendency to compound mistakes instead of trying to fix them. All that being said, despite now being overpaid, Austin is a useful real-life player who has WR4 appeal in fantasy. He is a legitimate playmaker. He's just not who the Rams are paying him to be.
Terrance Knighton said he’s concerned about his future with the Patriots.
Knighton’s roster status is in doubt after he didn't play in New England’s third preseason game. He’s behind Malcom Brown, Markus Kuhn, Anthony Johnson, and Joe Vellano. The Patriots can save $1.77M from releasing Knighton.
Bears QB Connor Shaw suffered a broken right leg above the ankle in Saturday's preseason game.
He was driven immediately to the hospital and will undergo surgery. Shaw "could be back this season," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, but Shaw will be placed on injured reserve. Perhaps he'll be released later with a settlement.
Redskins waived CB Jeremy Harris, OT Cody Booth, LB Ejiro Ederaine, OT Al Bond, LB Willie Jefferson, WR Dez Stewart, RB Kelsey Young, and WR Jarvis Turner.
Harris appeared in one game for Washington last year. All were expected cuts.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are likely to keep Josh McCown.
Dallas could use a veteran backup after losing Tony Romo for at least six weeks, but the Browns' asking price for McCown is too high. The Steelers are also expected to pass on McCown.