One Player Each NFL Team Should Cut In Training Camp

As the calendar flips from July to August, that is a sign that NFL training camp is upon us. The arrival of training camp also means that the NFL season is just around the corner. This is when players and coaches will begin “the grind” of daily practices, conditioning drills, and hazing rookies. With many veterans skipping the team’s mini-camp and OTAs, training camp also serves as a time where new teammates can get to know each other and also get acclimated to playing for new coaches or in a different system.

Training camp also serves as the time when many players’ professional football careers will come to an end. Many times undrafted rookies will get an invite to training camp but then realize that they just don’t have what it takes to play at this level, and once released, they begin the next phase of their lives. But it’s not just players at the low end of the spectrum that get cut as it has become an annual occurrence for there to be shocking releases during training camp and the preseason. Some Patriots fans still can’t believe that Lawyer Milloy was cut back in 2003 and just months after playing in the Pro Bowl. David Garrard’s release from the Jags in 2011 was even more shocking as he had just finished appearing at a team function when he received the news of his release.

This year is sure to be no different and with the NFL eliminating the initial cut-down period, the releases won’t be as spread out and will all happen within a matter of hours. Big-name free agent additions, former Pro Bowlers, and franchise stalwarts are all sure to be among this year's suprise cuts. It's always tough to see a person lose their job but the NFL is a business and roster cutdowns are a perfect example of that. It's speculation season so here is one player from each team that will be cut in training camp.

32 Arizona Cardinals – Karlos Dansby

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Outside of James Harrison, Dansby is the league’s oldest linebacker and will turn 36 in November. Unfortunately for Dansby, he’ll spend his birthday chilling at home as I don’t see him making the final cuts in Arizona. This is Dansby’s third stint with the Cardinals after playing for them from 2004-09 and again in 2013, but his play slipped last season as he wasn’t a full-time starter for the first time since his rookie season. Dansby has always been known as a playmaking linebacker and is one of five player all-time with at least 19 interceptions and 40 sacks. However, last year he had no picks and just 1 sack as he was relegated to being just a two-down linebacker.

Once Arizona sees that 2017 first rounder Haason Reddick is ready to start from day one, the team will jettison Dansby for a cheaper and younger option as a backup inside linebacker.

31 Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed

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In the coming days you could be seeing the headline: “Falcons re-sign Dwight Freeney to a one-year deal.” What won’t make the headline but will be buried somewhere in the story is that Brooks Reed will likely be the player waived to make room for Freeney. Yes, they both played together last season but the Falcons drafted Takk McKinley with their first round pick and there are too many mouths to feed at the defensive end position. Reed doubles as a strongside linebacker but he was brought in to generate pressure and he has just 2.0 sacks in two seasons. Reed is a solid, versatile LB/DE who should have no trouble finding another home and the only way he could stay with Atlanta is if McKinley or DE Adrian Clayborn are slow to recover from their offseason surgeries and the team needs additional depth at that position.

30 Baltimore Ravens – Kenneth Dixon

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Tight end Ben Watson would have likely been on the chopping block had Dennis Pitta not re-injured himself but with him now safe, Kenneth Dixon should be looking over his shoulder. Dixon was a part-time starter down the stretch for the Ravens at running back in 2016 but he shot himself in the foot by getting suspended this offseason for PEDs. Dixon is scheduled to miss the first four games of the season but that’s provided that he’s still on the team. Terrance West no longer has to worry about splitting carries with Dixon suspended and newly-signed Danny Woodhead will take away Dixon’s touches on third downs. The team also has third-year back Buck Allen and a strong preseason from him could expedite the release of Dixon. As a talented 23-year-old, Dixon will surely get a second chance in the NFL but he will still have to sit 4 games no matter who he signs with.

29 Buffalo Bills – Cardale Jones

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Just as the former OSU Buckeye lost his starting job while in Columbus, “12 Gauge” may lose his job, period, before his second year in Buffalo. He was drafted in the 4th round in 2012 as a project but this project may not become a finished product with a new regime in charge. The GM/coach duo of Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan drafted Jones but they were replaced in the offseason so this current staff likely doesn’t think as highly of Jones as the previous one did. The writing is already on the wall as Buffalo drafted Nathan Peterman in the 5th round in this year’s draft and the team will groom him to be Tyrod Taylor’s backup.

Additionally the team signed T.J. Yates who has ties to new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison so Jones looks to be the odd man out. Jones’ physical skills will allow him to latch on with another team but his Bills career will likely last all of one season and 11 pass attempts.

28 Carolina Panthers – Ben Boulware

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Even though he was a national champion at Clemson and won the Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s best linebacker, there was a reason Boulware went undrafted. He has poor measureables for the position and is both undersized and unathletic. He projects similarly to former Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright who also was named the nation’s best linebacker while in college. Wright was taken in the 7th round but was cut in training camp, spent most of the season on the Browns’ practice squad, and was then signed to the main roster of the Arizona Cardinals. Boulware will likely follow a similar path and is immediate future will be on a practice squad instead of a 53-man roster. It certainly doesn’t help that he signed with the team with the best linebacker core in the NFL but at least Boulware can soak up knowledge from playing behind Luke Kuechly for however long he’s on the roster.

27 Chicago Bears – Lamarr Houston

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With Lamarr Houston, Pernell McPhee, and Willie Young, the Bears have 3 rush linebackers coming off surgeries. But Houston’s injuries are the worst of the three as he’s torn both ACLs over the last three seasons. He’s also been the least productive of the three with just 9.0 sacks over his three seasons in Chicago. Also working against Houston is the fact that even though he has two years remaining on his contract, he has no guaranteed money left on his deal and the Bears would save nearly $6 million by cutting him before the season.

Another Bear that could join Houston in the unemployment line is Mark Sanchez who somehow latched on with his 4th team in 5 years. He was signed before the Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky and now it seems pointless to carry him and his up-to-$4 million salary as the team’s #3 quarterback.

26 Cincinnati Bengals – Adam Jones

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Adam Jones reverted back to Pacman Jones this offseason when he was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct, and obstructing official business. This was his first arrest in 10 years but the NFL will still take into account Jones’ history if/when they discipline him for the incident. Jones is a soon-to-be 34-year-old cornerback who is facing a suspension and due to make $7 million in 2017. Add that all up and it seems like the Bengals would be better off cutting Jones. The Bengals re-signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to a 5-year, $52 million deal this offseason and will welcome back 2016 first-rounder William Jackson III after he missed all of his rookie season with an injury. Jones is expendable and no longer worth the baggage he brings with him.

As long as Mike Zimmer is in the league, Jones (and Terrence Newman) will seemingly always have jobs so look for Pacman to make his way up north and join the Minnesota Vikings.

25 Cleveland Browns – Brock Osweiler

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The Browns are on the hook for Osweiler’s $16 million salary regardless if they cut him or keep him on the roster. But after the 2017 season they can release him and not owe him any more money so the only way they should even keep him on the roster is if they plan on keeping him beyond 2017. With rookie DeShone Kizer and second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, the Browns are clearly preparing for the future and Osweiler doesn’t seem to figure into that future. Thus, they should just release him this season and allow their younger players to get more of the reps. There is no way the Browns are bringing back Osweiler in 2018 with his $18 million salary so why wait?

Despite what Osweiler thinks, he wasn’t traded to Cleveland so the Browns could give him a fresh start, he was traded to Cleveland so the Browns could get a 2018 second round pick from the Texans which was the main point of the trade. Osweiler’s stay in Cleveland will be even shorter than his one in Houston (but both will be equally as profitable for him).

24 Dallas Cowboys – Alfred Morris

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If you haven’t noticed, the Cowboys are all set at the running back position for the next 6-8 years. Ezekiel Elliott had, statistically, the third-greatest season ever by a rookie running back. They also have two former 1000 yard backs behind Elliott in Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. The fact that the team re-signed McFadden this offseason and put Morris on the trading block tells you that they have clearly chosen the former Arkansas Razorback over Morris.

Also, Morris’ dwindling production not only has him on the way out of town in Dallas but maybe the NFL as a whole. His rushing average has decreased every year in the NFL before bottoming out at 3.5 last year. Who would have thought that the Redskins backfield of RG3 and Morris could both possibly be out of the NFL by 2017?

23 Denver Broncos – Chad Kelly

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Kelly is an NFL project and that project will be delayed thanks to wrist surgery that will keep him off the field until August. He was never projected to battle with Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch for the starting job but I don’t even see him making the 53-man roster. The Broncos went with just two quarterbacks last season and I expect the same this season. That doesn’t mean that Kelly has no place whatsoever within the organization as I think the Broncos will try to sneak him onto their practice squad. But if another team comes calling with a contract for their 53 man roster, then Kelly would be smart to leave Denver’s practice squad for that team. Jim Kelly’s nephew signing with Buffalo would be a nice story but the Bills already have a surplus of quarterbacks so Kelly should end up elsewhere.

22 Detroit Lions – Matt Asiata

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The Lions started four different players at running back last season and brought all 4 of those back this season. They added Matt Asiata in free agency as he left divisional-rival, Minnesota, after five years of backing up Adrian Peterson. He has lots of experience but his age works against him as he is 30 years old, and thus commands a bigger salary, than his younger counterparts who are all 26 or younger and still on their rookie deals. Asiata is essentially competing with Zach Zenner for the team’s short-yardage role but Zenner can also double as a fullback which is especially important since the team just cut its only other fullback, Michael Burton. Another possible cut is former #2 overall pick, LT Greg Robinson, who was recently acquired by the Lions for a 6th round pick.

Even with Taylor Decker’s injury, he’s no lock to make the final roster and isn’t even projected to start with Decker sidelined.

21 Green Bay Packers – Richard Rodgers

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The Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection may have come to an end in 2016 thanks to the Packers diving head-first into the tight end free agency pool in the offseason. Martellus Bennett is an upgrade over the outgoing Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks is an upgrade over the incumbent Rodgers who projects as the #3 tight end. Last season the Packers’ #3 tight end caught all of 4 passes and Rodgers’ $1.8 million salary certainly isn’t worth that little playing time. Not even Aaron Rodgers vouching for his fellow Rodgers (and fellow Cal Bear) will help Richard Rodgers stay on the roster. At just 25, Rodgers will likely catch on with another team as their backup tight end but it may take a while as anyone who has watched him over the last three years knows that Rodgers doesn’t ever do anything quickly…including running.

20 Houston Texans – Alfred Blue

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The Texans said they want to reduce Lamar Miller’s workload after his effectiveness waned late last season after so many touches. Blue was Miller’s backup last year but the team drafted Houston native D’Onta Foreman in the third round this year as an upgrade to the backup running back position. Both Blue and Foreman are similar big-bodied backs but Foreman has more big-play ability as Blue has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in his NFL career. If something were to happen to Miller and he had to miss extended time, I think the Texans staff would feel more comfortable with Foreman becoming the lead guy over Blue as Foreman was the bellcow while at Texas. Blue has been a backup dating back all the way to his time at LSU as he started just seven games over four years. Miller going down would be the worst-case scenario but Foreman is more adept to handle a full workload than Blue is and that may cost Blue a job.

19 Indianapolis Colts – Barkevious Mingo

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The Colts have pilfered Patriots’ outside linebackers in recent years as Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, and Akeem Ayers have all headed west from New England to Indy. It worked with Adam Vinatieri so why not give it another shot at a different position? Mingo was one of the many first round Browns’ busts as he was the #6 overall pick in 2013 but is now on his third team in three years. He was supposed to be a double-digit sack guy but he’s netted just 7.0 in his career and none since 2014. He was a defensive end in college but has been a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL and the Colts also run a 3-4. Perhaps a move to a team running a 4-3 would benefit Mingo and he can just be a third-down situational rusher. Unlike most of the other people on this list, a cut would likely benefit Mingo as he could find a scheme that is more suited to his skills. With his lack of success, this may be his last NFL opportunity which is a shame as even though Barkevious Mingo doesn’t have an All-Pro game, he surely has an All-Pro name.

18 Jacksonville Jaguars – Chris Ivory

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The Jaguars’ backfield is now under ownership of Leonard Fournette and all other running backs must fall in line. Ivory was the team’s big free-agent addition last year but he struggled with injuries, production, and hanging onto the ball. He missed 5 games, averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, and lost three fumbles. Third-year back T.J. Yeldon was equally unimpressive but he’s five years younger than Ivory and is due about $4 million less than Ivory. It creates a bit of an awkward situation when the highest-paid player at a position is the backup so the Jags would be smart to release Ivory. Neither Ivory nor Yeldon is going to cause Fournette to be looking over his shoulder but it also doesn’t make sense for someone making as much as Ivory to be riding the pine so it’s best to cut ties.

17 Kansas City Chiefs – Charcandrick West

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With Spencer Ware and third-round rookie, Kareem Hunt, locked into roles with the Chiefs, the battle for the third RB position comes down to veterans Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller. Spiller has not been healthy in years and was cut by three different teams last year alone, but all reports out of KC suggest that he’s looking as good as he did during his best years in Buffalo. Spiller is still a bit of an unknown due to his recent injuries but the Chiefs know what they have in West and he wasn’t that impressive last year with a 3.3 yards rushing average. If nothing else, Spiller can help out in the return game which is something that West has no experience at doing. With Tyreek Hill now becoming the #1 receiver, he is expected to not get as many touches in the return game and Spiller can help fill that void.

16 Los Angeles Chargers – Dontrelle Inman

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In 2016 Inman ranked second on the Chargers in both receptions and receiving yards. In 2017 Inman shouldn’t even pack his bags for a permanent move to LA as he’ll likely be cut during preseason. The Chargers are suddenly loaded at wide receiver with the return of Keenan Allen and the first round draft selection of Mike Williams. Last year’s #1 Tyrell Williams is also in the fold as is Travis Benjamin. The #4 spot will likely come down between Benjamin and Inman and with the former also serving as a punt returner, he gets the edge over Inman.

There is no way the Chargers would have a player making $2.7 million as their #5 receiver no matter how much Philip Rivers loves him. It’s funny that Inman could probably start for a team like the Chiefs or Jets but may not even make the final roster for the Chargers. Inman will have no trouble finding a team and won’t have to go back to the CFL like he did the last time he was cut by an NFL team.

15 Los Angeles Rams – Cory Harkey

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The veteran FB/TE should see the writing on the wall based on the Rams 2017 draft. Their first pick was a tight end and they were also one of just three teams to draft a fullback. Harkey is purely a lead blocker and doesn’t have the soft hands that are needed in Sean McVay’s offense. The Rams appear to be phasing him out of the offense and it certainly didn’t help that Harkey finished last season on injured reserve after a triceps injury. Harkey was one of Jeff Fisher’s guys and was signed during Fisher’s first season with the Rams. Fisher is long gone and Harkey will be one of many of Fisher’s ex-players that will be looking for new jobs come this fall. Maybe the LA native can help out the Clippers or Lakers as he’s proven to have skills on the hardwood as well.

14 Miami Dolphins – Koa Misi

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I think by October Dolphins fans will have wished that MLB Lawrence Timmons was the one cut but the man projected to line up beside him, Koa Misi, will get his walking papers before the season starts. Misi is a team leader and only Cameron Wake and long snapper, John Denney, have been with the organization longer than his 8 years. But he is also recovering from spinal fusion surgery and played only 3 games last season. He took a pay cut this offseason but that won’t guarantee him a spot on the team if he can’t prove that he is fully recovered. The team also allocated lots of resources in the offseason to its linebacker group by signing Timmons as a free agent and drafting Raekwon McMillan in the second round. With his neck injury, there’s a very good chance that if the Dolphins cut Misi then another team will not pick him up and he may have already played in his last NFL game.

13 Minnesota Vikings – Michael Floyd

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Floyd dug his own grave by violating the terms of his probation when he tested positive for alcohol while under house arrest. He claimed it was because he drank Kombucha tea but no one, including the NFL, bought that excuse and he was suspended 4 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Mike Zimmer said Floyd would be cut if he was lying about drinking alcohol, and with the suspension, it gives the Vikings even more ammunition to move on from the Minnesota native. With multiple DUI arrests that date back to when he was in college, Floyd doesn’t need to be anywhere near a football field and needs professional help. Hopefully this latest ordeal is what finally serves as a wake-up call and he can get the help he needs.

12 New England Patriots – Danny Amendola

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Amendola has seemingly been on the roster bubble for the last three years but this may finally be the year he is on the outside looking in. The Patriots addition of Brandin Cooks gives New England a true #1 receiver and bumps everyone else down a notch. With Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and special teams ace Matthew Slater as roster locks; Amendola will battle with Andrew Hawkins for one last possible wide receiver position. In the end, the team may cut both players and decide to allocate an extra body to the tight end group since Gronk can never stay on the field. Amendola has never lived up to his billing as Wes Welker’s replacement because he is the receiving version of Gronk and is chronically injured. At least Amendola has his next career already lined up as he recently signed a modeling contract with Ford Models.

11 New Orleans Saints – Manti Te’o

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Te’o was one of two linebackers signed this offseason by the Saints with the other being A.J. Klein, formerly of the Panthers. Te’o is strictly a two-down LB who struggled even before tearing his Achilles’ tendon last year. He faces an uphill battle to win a starting job for the Saints as both Klein and 2015 first-rounder, Stephone Anthony, are more talented than the former Notre Dame linebacker. If Te’o isn’t starting, then he’s really not worth even having on the roster as a highly-paid backup. He signed a two-year deal that is worth up to $7 million but just $600,000 of the contract is guaranteed. The Saints are quite familiar with dead money against their salary cap so they will likely cut their losses by cutting Te’o before he’s due real money.

10 New York Giants – Geno Smith

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Geno Smith saved on relocation by signing with the Giants this offseason after 4 years with the Jets but his roster spot is far from guaranteed. That’s because the Giants brought back last year’s third-string QB Josh Johnson and also drafted Davis Webb in the third round. Webb is locked in as one of Eli Manning’s backups and the final spot will come down between the incumbent in Johnson and the newcomer in Smith. Seeing as Manning has never missed a start due to injury, the Giants can feel pretty safe in knowing that their backup QB won’t be called upon too often this season. That makes Johnson the more likely QB to stick on the roster as he’s on a cheaper contract than Smith who is due a $400,000 roster bonus if he makes the team (Johnson is due a $100,000 roster bonus).

With Odell Beckham Jr. up for a new contract that will likely make him the highest-paid WR in NFL history, every penny (or 100K) matters so the Giants would be prudent to cut Smith.

9 New York Jets – Bryce Petty

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With the offseason cuts of David Harris, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, and Brandon Marshall, there isn’t really anyone else on the Jets roster whose release would come as a surprise. But I expect a recently-drafted QB to be among the training camp cuts and, surprisingly, it’s not Christian Hackenberg but rather Bryce Petty. Hack has three things in his favor over Petty and the first being that he’s four years younger so has more room for growth. Petty also has bad game tape out there as he played in 6 games last season while Hack is still an unknown as the only film of him is from practice. Lastly, Hack has three years left on his rookie deal compared to two for Petty so it would be more cost-prohibitive to cut Hackenberg.

Neither one is fit to be a starting QB (and neither is Josh McCown) which makes whomever is under center for the Jets just a stopgap until the team drafts Sam Darnold first overall in 2018.

8 Oakland Raiders – Aldon Smith

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Smith hasn’t played since 2015 due to a suspension but that didn’t stop the Raiders from signing him to a two-year contract in 2016. He still hasn’t been reinstated by the commissioner due to several off-field incidents and there’s no guarantee that he will be reinstated for the 2017 season. While Smith doesn’t get paid during his suspension (and also doesn’t count against the cap), the Raiders have to be growing tired of his act just as the Browns did with Josh Gordon. He has proven to be unreliable and even if he was reinstated, he still wouldn’t start given that Oakland has Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as edge rushers. It’s just a matter of time until the Raiders release Smith…and he’s picked up by the Cowboys.

7 Philadelphia Eagles – Ryan Mathews

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By the time you’re reading this, Mathews may have already been released as that news has been circulating since January. He is coming off neck surgery and the team will reportedly cut him as soon as he can pass a physical which will wipe his $4 million salary off the 2017 cap. Even if Mathews was healthy there really isn’t a spot on the roster for him after the team signed LeGarrette Blount and drafted Donnel Pumphrey. Mathews never topped 700 rushing yards in either of his seasons in Philly and also lost 5 fumbles despite limited carries. Another possible cut in Philadelphia is 2015 first round pick Nelson Agholor who hasn’t shown that he can play at the NFL level. With the team adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Agholor is no longer on scholarship and his time in Philly could be coming to an end quicker than he expected.

6 Pittsburgh Steelers – Darrius Heyward-Bey

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For as great as Antonio Brown is, the Steelers don’t want to rely on him as much as they did the past three years and their offseason additions indicate they won’t have to. They drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster, signed Justin Hunter, and welcomed back Martavis Bryant from suspension to pair with Brown and returnees Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers. That’s a lot of talent at the wide receiver position and that will likely spell the end of Darrius Heyward-Bey’s tenure in Pittsburgh. He never shook the label of bust after being the #7 overall pick by the Raiders in 2009 but he became a valuable member of the receiving core and special teams unit during his 3 seasons with the Steelers. Football is a numbers game and Heyward-Bey makes twice as much as the other receiver on the bubble, Sammie Coates, and that works in Coates’ favor to stay on the roster.

5 San Francisco 49ers – Navorro Bowman

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In each of the last 4 full seasons Bowman has played in, he’s been named a first-team All-Pro. However, he’s missed 28 games over the last three seasons due to a torn ACL/MCL in 2014 and a torn Achilles last year. He participated in OTAs but reports have been nearly all negative and he struggled with keeping up with TE Brent Celek who isn’t known for his speed. The team also drafted Bowman’s eventual replacement, Reuben Foster, in the first round and they are moving to a 4-3 defense after Bowman’s played in a 3-4 in his entire NFL career. Bowman is signed through 2022 so they will have dead money no matter if they cut him now or 2 years from now. But the team doesn’t expect to be competitive this year as opposed to 2 years from now so they can take the cap hit as they won’t be big spenders in free agency. It seems extremely unlikely that Bowman will make is through his entire contract so the sooner the 49ers cut him, the better it will be for their cap situation going forward.

4 Seattle Seahawks – Jermaine Kearse

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Kearse has been with the Seahawks since 2012 but he may have already played his last game with the franchise. He was one of the league’s worst WRs last season and caught only 50% of his targets. He also led the league in OPI penalties despite not being among the leaders in targets. With Tyler Lockett fully recovered from his broken leg and Paul Richardson impressing in limited opportunities last season, there’s a good chance those two will complement Doug Baldwin in three-receiver sets. That leaves Kearse as the team’s #4 receiver and while he’s capable of handling that role, his salary doesn’t coincide with being a backup.

The team can save $2.2 million by cutting Kearse who will never have to buy a beer in Seattle again after his playoff exploits over the last four years. But he will have to buy a new home as the Seattle native has likely played his last game for his hometown team.

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Roberto Aguayo

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Aguayo was a second round pick in 2016 (#59 overall) and was the highest-drafted kicker in a decade. He then struggled with his confidence and produced the worst season by any kicker in the league last year by making a league-worst 71% of his FGAs. He then struggled at OTAs this year by making just 5 of 9 attempts. By comparison, the competition that Tampa brought in, 10-year veteran Nick Folk, made all 9 of his attempts at OTAs and is a career 81% kicker on FGAs.

There’s also the fact that the contract Folk signed with Tampa has $750,000 guaranteed on it while Aguayo has just $428,000 guaranteed left on his deal. The Bucs want Folk to win the kicking competition and he’s done that through OTAs. Unless Aguayo can find the form that made him an All-American at Florida State, he is going to be one-and-done with the Bucs.

2 Tennessee Titans – Tajae Sharpe

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Sharpe is just 22 and was second among Titans receivers in yards last season, but he will likely get caught up in the numbers game in Tennessee. The team used 1st and 3rd round picks, respectively, on Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor and also signed FA Eric Decker. They also are bringing back leading receiver Rishard Matthews as well as veterans Harry Douglas and Eric Weems. Sharpe showed promise as slot receiver but there’s just too much talent ahead of him on the depth chart. He is also dealing with a civil lawsuit as he allegedly knocked out a man at a Nashville bar after the man told Sharpe he would lose playing time with the drafting of Davis. My money is on that man being correct as not only will Sharpe lose playing time due to Davis, but he will likely lose his job as well.

1 Washington Redskins – Matt Jones

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Jones has finished second on the team in rushing in each of the past two seasons but now sits no higher than fourth on their depth chart. Rob Kelley assumed the starting job last year, Samaje Perine was a mid-round pick this year, and Chris Thompson is the team’s third-down back. That leaves no room for Jones who even hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent to expedite a release. 230 pound running backs who average 4.6 yards per carry certainly have a place in this league but Jones doesn’t have a place on his current team.

While Jones is a probably cut, another possible release is the loser of the Will Compton-Mason Foster battle at inside linebacker. Free agent signee Zach Brown is locked in at one position and whoever emerges at the other position will make the loser of this competition expendable.

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