- September 4, 2021
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It’s the Red Wedding of NFL releases today for Auburn football fans, as several former Tigers are on their way out of their respective professional teams.
Already, we have seen the greatest legend in the history of Auburn football, Cam Newton, released from the New England Patriots in favor of former Alabama QB Mac Jones. That transfer of power is one we will dive into deep but at a later time and date. It’s too much terrible news in one headline to digest just yet.
Elsewhere, Seth Williams–the final Tiger selected in the 2021 NFL Draft this past May–was released by the Denver Broncos. Fans in the Mile High City are predictably upset that the wideout known for the spectacular won’t get a chance to be showcased in orange and navy blue.
Another former Tiger, Peyton Barber, was surprisingly cut today by the Washington Football Team. Unlike Newton’s and Williams’ releases, fans of these teams may not be as disappointed.
According to Riggo’s Rag’s Jerry Trotta, WFT fans may actually be happy about the 2016 UDFA’s departure:
How about another surprise? This one, believe it or not, will probably make fans happy, as the Football Team cut running back Peyton Barber.
Widely speculated as the team’s short-yardage specialist for this season, Barber’s release means Jaret Patterson could play a major role in 2021.
After four years playing in Tampa, Barber made the jump from the Big Guava at the poorest possible moment.
Tom Brady’s arrival in 2020 led to a Super Bowl win in year one, and fellow Tigers Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis got to hoist their first Lombardi Trophy this past February alongside the NFL G.O.A.T.
Barber, on the other hand, played for a mascot-less franchise that made the postseason with a losing record simply because of how bad the rest of the NFC East is.
He scored four touchdowns last season, but didn’t show much on the ground besides short-yardage scenarios, producing 26 first downs. Unfortunately, he averaged under three yards per rush for the first time in his career, leading to his release.
Given his relatively clean bill of health, expect the former Auburn football star to find a home somewhere soon.
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