Final cut-down day in the NFL was not kind to players with local ties Saturday.
Former Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden (Giants), former Cal Poly running back Deonte Williams (Raiders), former Morro Bay High and San Diego State defensive lineman Jerome Long (Cowboys) and former Cal Poly and San Diego State receiver Kassim Osgood (49ers) all were cut by their respective teams. Saturday marked the deadline for teams to trim their rosters to 53 for the regular season.
Also Saturday, the Ravens officially placed former Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson on the reserve-suspended list. Jackson is suspended without pay for the first eight games of the season after his second violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Barden was a third-round pick of the Giants in 2009 after a record-setting career at Cal Poly, but he struggled to establish himself with New York, finishing with 29 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns in four seasons.
“Not exactly how I would have drawn it up. Emotional day. Great organization. I will miss a lot of people. I Wish the NY Giants the best,” Barden tweeted
Saturday. “I am completely honored and thankful for my time and experience here in New York. I have become a man here. I gave my time here everything I knew to give, yet I am responsible for my shortcomings. Often to fly one must be freed.”
Williams, who rushed for 1,547 yards at Cal Poly last season, was trying to make the Raiders as an undrafted free agent. The Oakland native had only seven carries for 19 yards in the preseason.
Long, a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in June. He also had a one-game stint with the Jaguars in Week 17 of last season.
Osgood was a three-time Pro Bowl special-teams player during his prime with the Chargers, but the 33-year-old was unable to lock down a spot amid a crowded receiver field in San Francisco.
Across the NFL, perhaps the biggest name cut was quarterback Tim Tebow, cut by the Patriots — his third team in as many years.
Tebow was among those who got the dreaded call telling him to come see the coach and bring his playbook.
“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” an undaunted Tebow tweeted.
After being let go by his third team in 18 months — and with the season just five days away — the quarterback’s chances of immediately catching on with another team seem slim.
Several other veteran QBs also found themselves looking for work on this Labor Day weekend as the Giants released longtime backup David Carr, the Packers cut Vince Young and the Bills chopped Matt Leinart.
Other noteworthy cuts included:• Eagles right guard Danny Watkins
• 49ers long snapper Brian Jennings
• 49ers receiver Austin Collie
• Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen
• Saints safety Jim Leonhard
• Browns kicker Shayne Graham
• Chargers receiver Robert Meachem
Those who made the 53-man rosters had a respite before heading back to work Monday, except for the Broncos and Ravens, who kick off the season Thursday night in Denver.
The Broncos held meetings and a walk-through Saturday after final cuts were made. They’ll practice Sunday, as will the Super Bowl champion Ravens, who are being forced to start the season on the road because baseball’s Orioles wouldn’t move their game in Baltimore that night.