The day after final roster cuts are made, there are always a handful of players around the league who are cut despite making the team a day earlier. Those are the guys you feel the worst for, but they are cut as teams make waiver claims and signings of cut players from other teams.
That’s the case with two Colts today, as the team claimed Matthias Farley and Neiko Thorpe off of waivers this afternoon. The team had to make two corresponding moves to make room for them, and they have released cornerback Jalil Brown and tight end Chase Coffman.
Brown initially made the roster as a depth cornerback, but with the signings of Farley and Thorpe this afternoon it’s no surprise to see a cornerback waived to make room. It might be a little odd to some that it was Brown who was cut instead of Frankie Williams, but I think that speaks to how the team likes Williams - and, perhaps just as much, to Brown’s health (he’s dealt with some injuries this preseason). Brown has played in 47 NFL games (starting six) and has recorded 47 tackles, six passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He has spent three different stints with the Colts and last year was valuable depth early in the season, even starting a few games due to injuries to starters.
As for Coffman, he had an impressive preseason with the Colts and so he made the roster as a fourth tight end, but all along it seemed clear that the Colts weren’t going to stick with four players at the position. In his NFL career he has played in 37 games (three starts) and has caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two scores during time with the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, and Cincinnati Bengals. This preseason, he caught eight passes for 85 yards, but he obviously got caught up in a numbers game as the fourth tight end.