Tampa Bay signed Watford on Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
After joining the Bucs as an unrestricted free agent back in March of 2019, Watford will return to Tampa Bay, where he'll likely once again slot in as depth along the offensive line. The 30-year-old has garnered extensive experience as a guard over his six NFL seasons, four of which he spent with the Cardinals.
Watford is expected to start Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Panthers in London in place of Alex Cappa (arm), Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The veteran lineman was signed as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason, and his six seasons of NFL experience will come in handy as he steps into the starting lineup for the first time. Watford spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cardinals, which made him a fourth-round pick in 2013, before suiting up for the Browns during the 2018 campaign.
Watford (back) logged 43 offensive snaps during Friday's 13-12 preseason win over the Browns.
Watford had missed the Buccaneers' previous preseason tilt due to back spasms, but he was given a hefty workload in his return to action Friday.
Watford did not play in Friday's preseason win over the Dolphins due to back spasms, Greg Auman of the Athletic reports.
Watford had missed practice earlier in the week due to the same issue, so it made sense for the Buccaneers to keep him sidelined Friday. The backup right guard will look to return ahead of the team's third preseason contest against the Browns on Aug. 23.
Watford signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Watford will likely slot in as depth along the offensive line, but the 2013 fourth-round pick ultimately took on a similar role last season with the Browns, only to play in 13 games.
Watford agreed Tuesday with the Browns on a contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Watford will attempt to latch on with Cleveland as a reserve lineman after being cut by the Bears just a couple of days ago, but he won't have much time to make an impression before the Browns have to whittle down their roster.
Watford was released by the Bears on Sunday.
Watford signed with the Bears in April after spending his first five seasons with the Cardinals. He'll now return to the free-agent market and could be a serviceable pickup for other teams in need of depth along the offensive line.
Watford signed a contract with the Bears on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.
Watford will give the Bears' offensive line depth after spending his first five seasons with the Cardinals, which included 21 starts in 43 appearances. Watford will be in the mix for the starting left guard position and can fill in for Kyle Long (shoulder, neck, elbow), who is recovering from three surgeries this offseason.
Watford (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Watford will be ready to slot back into his position at right guard Sunday.
Watford (ankle) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Watford has been sidelined for the previous two games while nursing the injury. He logged consecutive limited practices to end the week, so he is looking like a true game-time decision Sunday.
Watford (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Giants, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Watford will now miss his second consecutive game due to a high-ankle sprain, while a potential Week 17 return against the Seahawks is no guarantee. Evan Boehm will likely start at right guard in Watford's place.
Watford (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports.
Watford suffered the high-ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Titans, and the Cardinals will be down yet another offensive lineman as a result. Accord to coach Bruce Arians, a multi-game absence is expected for Watford, likely ruling him out for the balance of the season.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Watford likely will miss some time due to a high-ankle sprain, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Already missing two Week 1 starters in left tackle D.J. Humphries (torn ACL) and left guard Mike Iupati (triceps), the Cardinals lost Humphries' replacement, Jared Veldheer, to a broken ankle and Watford on Sunday against the Titans. With a multi-game absence likely for Watford, the offensive line will trot out Alex Boone at right guard and Evan Boehm at left guard.
Watford signed a contract with the Cardinals on Monday, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports Station 98.7 FM reports.
Watford, who replaces the recently waived Vinston Painter on the active roster, will provide the Cardinals with depth along the offensive line.
Watford was released by the Jaguars on Friday.
Watford didn't even make it to the season opener after signing a two-year, $6 million contract with Jacksonville in March. The 27-year-old was released to make room for the signing of offensive lineman Josh Walker.
The Cardinals declared guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells, linebackers Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and Glenn Carson, defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe), defensive end Josh Mauro and running back Kerwynn Williams inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.
The Cardinals declared running back Stepfan Taylor (calf), quarterback Logan Thomas, linebackers Glenn Carson and Thomas Keiser, nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu, guard Earl Watford and tight end Darren Fells inactive for Sunday's game at Dallas.
The Cardinals declared quarterback Logan Thomas, linebackers Thomas Keiser and Glenn Carson, tight end Troy Niklas (ankle), guard Earl Watford, nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and defensive tackle Bruce Gaston inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
The Cardinals declared safety Tyrann Mathieu (knee), tight end Darren Fells, quarterback Logan Thomas, guard Earl Watford, linebackers Alex Okafor and Glenn Carson, and defensive end Kareem Martin inactive for Monday night's game against San Diego.
With the Cardinals' release of Daryn Colledge, second-year pro Earl Watford could start at right guard, according to the team's website. He did not play a snap as a rookie.
“From a physical aspect, he’s probably one of the better guys we’ve got, just as a total athlete from top to bottom,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “We’ve got these evaluation sheets for kids coming out now, and he is always going to read out pretty well. I don’t worry about the physical tools on him at all. In pass protection he’s solid. If he gets his hands on guys, he’s solid.
“It’s all mental for Earl," Goodwin added. "He’s coming along. He’s just got to pick it up some. He’s got to. It’s the NFL. It stands for Not For Long. For Earl, (this season) is big. To me, in my mind, it’s make-or-break from the standpoint of, you’ve got talent, but now it’s about trying to take the next step. And once again, if you can’t do it, we’ve got to go to the next guy.
“Talent is not the issue. It’s maintaining the information he’s learned. When he started here, there was some regurgitation. If we have to start all over again from ground zero, it’s not good.”