Former UMaine standout Mulligan on Chicago Bears’ final roster

Chicago Bears tight end Matthew Mulligan (85), a Maine native, is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray (35) during the second half of a preseason game on Aug. 14 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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Chicago Bears tight end Matthew Mulligan (85), a Maine native, is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray (35) during the second half of a preseason game on Aug. 14 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Posted Aug. 31, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.

Enfield native Matthew Mulligan has survived the last round of NFL cuts and is listed on Chicago Bears roster as its third-string tight end behind Martellus Bennett and Dante Rosario.

Mulligan, a former University of Maine standout, who spent most of last season with the New England Patriots, is in his seventh NFL season.

Two other former UMaine standouts who graduated last season have been named to practice squads. Justin Perillo, also a former UMaine tight end, has been named to the Green Bay Packers practice squad while sixth-round pick Kendall James, a cornerback, has been named to the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.

The 29-year-old Mulligan first signed with Miami as a free agent in 2008 and has seen game action with the New York Jets, the St. Louis Rams and the Patriots.

Mulligan, who is a blocking specialist, has played in 65 career NFL games. He has made 16 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including one with the Patriots last season.

He also has two kick returns for 28 yards and one special-teams tackle.

Perillo, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end, earned All-CAA first-team recognition for the second time last fall. He caught 39 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns last season to help coach Jack Cosgrove’s team win the CAA title and earn its first-ever home Football Championship Subdivision playoff game.

James, an Associated Press FCS All-America second-team pick and a first team All-CAA honoree, led a UMaine secondary which allowed a league-low 165.4 passing yards per game in 2013. James totaled 36 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, to go along with two interceptions, nine pass breakups and blocked a field goal attempt.

James registered 147 career tackles with eight interceptions and 25 pass breakups in 48 games.

Chiefs sign QB Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed quarterback Alex Smith to a long-term contract.

The Chiefs did not disclose terms of the deal, but multiple media outlets reported it was a four-year, $68 million contract, with $45 million of it guaranteed.

“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”

In his first year with the Chiefs last season, Smith completed 60.6 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading Kansas City to an 11-5 regular-season record and a playoff berth.

49ers’ Boone to end holdout

49ers guard Alex Boone is expected to end his long contract holdout and report to the team in the next 24 hours with a reworked deal, ESPN reported.

Boone, 27, will reportedly receive a new two-year contract that will replace his old one. It includes a salary increase plus incentives if he is named to the Pro Bowl.

The 49ers also will not be able to use their franchise tag on Boone when the deal expires.

Under his former contract, Boone was scheduled to make up to $4 million over the next two seasons.

Boone’s holdout resulted in about $1.2 million in fines. It is not clear how the fines will be handled or if they would be worked into the new contract.

Browns claim three players

The Cleveland Browns claimed three players off waivers, including running back Glenn Winston and guard Ryan Seymour, who were cut by the 49ers. The Browns also claimed former Seattle Seahawks guard Caylin Hauptmann.

Winston bolters the Browns’ backfield after Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya were cut by the team. Ben Tate and rookie Terrance enter the season as the team’s primary ball carriers, with undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell also surviving Saturday’s roster cuts.

Winston had 11 carries for 55 yards during the 49ers’ preseason finale against the Houston Texans. However, he also enters the NFL with significant baggage, having spent two different six-month stints in jail following fights, one with a college hockey player and another with a fraternity member.

Seymour, 24, was a seventh-round pick by Seattle last season and signed by San Francisco off the Seahawks’ practice squad in December.

Dolphins get Seamster, Ross

The Miami Dolphins claimed cornerback Sammy Seamster and safety Brandian Ross off waivers.

Miami cut wide receiver Damian Williams and safety Don Jones to make room for Seamster and Ross.

Seamster signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State, but was one of the team’s final cuts.

Shipley goes to Colts

The Indianapolis Colts claimed center A.Q. Shipley off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens and waived center Thomas Austin.

Shipley, 6-foot-1 and 307 pounds, has played in 30 NFL games (14 starts) over the past two seasons with Baltimore and Indianapolis. Last season, he played all 16 regular-season games for the first time in his career, starting nine of them. He was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 out of Penn State.

The Colts also added nine players to their practice squad: tackle Tyler Hoover, inside linebacker Andrew Jackson, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and guard Josh Walker.

In addition, the team agreed to sign quarterback Jeff Mathews to the practice squad.

Vikings take tight end, tackle

The Minnesota Vikings claimed tight end MarQueis Gray and tackle Mike Harris off waivers and released linebacker Larry Dean and tackle Austin Wentworth.

Gray, who played quarterback at the University of Minnesota, was waived by the Cleveland Browns. Harris was waived by the San Diego Chargers.

The team also signed the following players to its practice squad: running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou.

NFL NOTES: The Pittsburgh Steelers signed 10 players to their practice squad: wide receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones. … The Denver Broncos signed nine players to their practice squad roster: linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, quarterback Zac Dysert, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, guard Vinston Painter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson.

 

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