The 2018 NFL season is currently shaping up, with the season proving to be one of the best in recent memory. With teams such as the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Cleveland Browns all experiencing quite the turnaround from last year.
This season, in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs have jumped ahead of the pack .The New England Patriots remain a contender while the Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, and Miami Dolphins battle it out. At the bottom of the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders continue to struggle through their seasons.
In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams are looking poised to make a deep playoff run as the team has posted an amazing record behind strong performances from offensive players Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Meanwhile, the always-dangerous New Orleans Saints remain a team to watch. At the bottom of the NFC, the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals sit in shambles.
In this article we're going to be covering 10 players NFL teams should get rid of at the end of this season, and the 10 players they should replace them with in order to make strides this offseason.
20 Ditch: Alex Tanney - New York Giants
After going undrafted in 2012 out on Monmouth College, quarterback Alex Tanney entered into the league as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Since then, he has bounced around from team to team, only staying with one, the Tennessee Titans, for more than one season. Despite being in the league since 2012, Tanney has only played in one game, in 2015, when he threw 14 passes with the Tennessee Titans. While he posted a completion percentage of 71.4%, he hasn't played in another game since. With starting quarterback Eli Manning on his way to retirement in the next couple seasons, the Giants need a stronger backup quarterback to fill the void Manning will inevitably leave.
19 Replacement: Ryan Griffin
After going undrafted out of Tulane College in 2013, Ryan Griffin signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he was assigned to the practice squad from 2013-15 before he was released at the start of the 2015 season. After being picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past summer, Griffin made his preseason debut as a backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick with Jameis Winston out. During the course of the preseason, Griffin ranked third among quarterbacks for most passing yards with 518 yards over 75 passing attempts. He threw four touchdowns and zero interceptions to go along with a 68% pass completion rating. While the young quarterback hasn't proved himself in the regular season, Griffin's preseason stats indicate he could be a reliable and cheap option for the Giants looking to replace Alex Tanney.
18 Ditch: Matt Slauson - Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are currently attempting to get back on track with a winning season after finishing with a 4-12 record last year, tied for the second worst in the AFC. This season, much like last year, the Colts are off to another painful start. At 32-years-old, Matt Slauson (#68) has been sidelined so far this season, after playing in just seven games last season. Considering that he is on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, Slauson may be on the back end of a nearly ten-year career.
17 Replacement: Matt Paradis
In 2016, Matt Paradis joined the Denver Broncos and impressed fans as he proved himself as a force to be reckoned with as the Broncos wound up winning the Super Bowl. Paradis followed it up by having another solid season the following year. his contract with the Broncos all but up, but the Indianapolis Colts have the opportunity to bolster their offensive line with an incredibly versatile and impressive center in Paradis. With that being said, however, the Denver Broncos may not be so quick to want to let Paradis go, given that he's spent his entire career with the team.
16 Ditch: Bobby Massie - Chicago Bears
This one won't come as a surprise to Chicago Bears fans, especially after we listed Massie as the player the Bears should cut at the end of the 2018-19 season. At left tackle, Massie has allowed four sacks every season he has been with the Bears. Prior to that, he allowed seven sacks in back to back seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. For a young Chicago Bears team looking to prove itself in the NFC, and keep quarterback Mitch Trubisky healthy, Bobby Massie simply isn't providing the proper protection. So far this season, Massie is struggling to get it together.
15 Replacement: Ty Nsekhe
Washington Redskins player Ty Nsekhe has proven himself to be a top-notch lineman. After going undrafted out of Texas State, Nsekhe started his career with the St Louis Rams, before joining the Washington Redskins the following season. Currently on his fourth season with the team, Nsekhe has consistently allowed minimal sacks. As the Chicago Bears look for a leader on the offensive line to protect their quarterback, Ty Nsekhe should be a name they consider during this upcoming offseason, assuming the Redskins don't entice him with a contract extension.
14 Ditch: Tramon Williams
A former Pro Bowler, and one-time Super Bowl Champion, cornerback Tramon Williams (#38) has had a very successful NFL career. With that being said, Williams is currently on a two-year, $10 million contract at 35-years-old, and hasn't played a full season since 2014. So far this season, Williams hasn't managed to nab an interception after picking off two passes last season with the Arizona Cardinals. As the Green Bay Packers will inevitably look to cement themselves as a Super Bowl threat, they're going to need a younger player to carry the load Tramon Williams carried on his shoulders during his first stint with the Packers from 2006-2014.
13 Replacement: Jason McCourty
Currently in his 10th season in the league, Jason McCourty has proven himself to be a reliable cornerback despite a 2015 season that saw him play just four games. Since then, McCourty has picked off five passes over two seasons, with one incredible 56-yard touchdown last season. As a member of the New England Patriots, McCourty has defended passes strong this season, and given his reputation as a quality pass defender, should be an option for the Green Bay Packers at the cornerback position.
12 Ditch: Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
Unfortunately, there aren't many things Derek Carr is doing well right now for the Oakland Raiders. The starting quarterback currently on a five-year, $125 million deal has thrown an astounding number of interceptions this season to go along with just few touchdowns. With that being said, Carr has also already been sacked 17 times so far this season. With the Oakland Raiders off to a bad start this season, and things looking bleak for the year, the team needs to do something about its quarterback problem.
11 Replacement: Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor got off to a rough start with the Cleveland Browns this season, taking a hard hit early on that landed him on the sidelines due to the league's concussion protocol. With that being said, he has two touchdowns and two interceptions this season, after posting 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions last year. With the Browns potentially looking to unload Taylor, the Oakland Raiders should look to him as a potential quarterback option moving forward. Taylor's elusiveness will also come in handy, given that the Raiders are in serious need of an improved offensive line.
10 Ditch: Brent Grimes - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At 35-years-old, Brent Grimes' best days are likely behind him. With that being said, he has proven himself to be a reliable cornerback. With three interceptions last season, Grimes was middle-of-the-pack as far as cornerbacks are concerned. His $7 million salary makes it hard to justify how much the Buccaneers are spending on him however given their middle-of-the-pack defense rating that has allowed an average of 439.8 yards per game at this point in the season.
9 Replacement: Ronald Darby
The 24-year-old Ronald Darby is currently in his fourth season as an NFL cornerback. After playing two seasons with the Buffalo Bills that saw him pick up two interceptions over his rookie season. Last season, Darby was on a tear with three interceptions for 42 yards before an injury sidelined him through the postseason. This season, Darby has tied his stats for passes defended with nine in two fewer games than he played last season. With his contract up at the end of this season, the Buccaneers could bolster their defense with a young but impressive option in Darby.
8 Ditch: Darius Jennings - Tennessee Titans
Darius Jennings is now in his third year in the league. After joining the Cleveland Browns in 2015, Jennings played in just four games, where he picked up 117 receiving yards over 14 receptions. Following that season, Jennings spent the 2016 season on the Chicago Bears practice squad before being picked up by the Tennessee Titans last season. Despite not playing last season, he has played in every game this season and has picked up some solid receptions. At 26-years-old, currently in what is essentially his rookie season, Jennings may have his back against a wall.
7 Replacement: Randall Cobb
The 2014 Pro Bowler, Randall Cobb has been a reliable Green Bay Packers wide receiver since being picked in the second round of the 2011 draft. Last season, Cobb posted an average season, stat-wise, in regards to previous season numbers. In 15 games, Cobb had 653 receiving yards to go along with four touchdowns, marking a slight improvement over the 2016-17 season. While he could bring a much-needed receiving option for the Titans, the Packers may not be very willing to let a franchise receiver go after Cobb's eighth season with the team.
6 Ditch: J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals
With Larry Fitzgerald's famed NFL career coming to an end in the next couple seasons, the Arizona Cardinals will inevitably be looking for another star receiving option, and they likely won't find it in J.J. Nelson. A 26-year old out of Alabama, Nelson finished last season with 508 receiving yards, the second-most in his career, finishing the season with six touchdowns as well. While the Cardinals could use a better backup for Sam Bradford, they need to think long-term for future receiver options with the inevitable departure of Fitzgerald.
5 Replacement: Mike Wallace
Currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Wallace joined the team after yet another impressive season with the Baltimore Ravens. A durable receiver who has played in either 15 or 16 games a season for the past nine seasons, Wallace finished last season with 748 receiving yards to go along with four receiving touchdowns. At 32-years-old, Wallace could not only provide some much-needed experience at the receiver spot for the Cardinals in Fitzgerald's absence, but also can serve as a valuable pass option.
4 Ditch: Allen Hurns - Dallas Cowboys
Currently on a two-year, $12 million deal that included a $2.5 million signing bonus, Allen Hurns was the Dallas Cowboys 'star' receiver, and we use the term loosely. While Hurns is a highly-paid player, he finished last season with 484 yards and two touchdowns in just 10 games. This kept up with the stats from the season prior, where Hurns had 477 receiving yards and three touchdowns. With the Cowboys still feeling the effects of Dez Bryant, they recently added Amari Cooper to the roster, they are still going to need a better receiver than Hurns.
3 Replacement: Jermaine Kearse
Jermaine Kearse is currently in his seventh season. While he has never cracked 1000 yards receiving, he could still contribute to a team when needed. With Cooper now on the Cowboys and Cole Beasley filling the slot, a solid third receiver could be exactly what the team needs to get back on track and contend in the NFC East.
2 Ditch: Brian Hoyer - New England Patriots
Brian Hoyer has essentially made a career of being a backup quarterback. With the exception of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the 33-year-old Hoyer has played in under six games a season for the other seven seasons. Last season the 33-year old played in just five games for the Patriots, finishing the season with four completions for 42 yards. While Hoyer had an impressive 2015 season, throwing for 2,606 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions, the Patriots will need a younger quarterback to back Tom Brady up and eventually try to fill the gap left by the legendary quarterback.
1 Replacement: Nate Sudfeld
Nate Sudfeld is currently in his third year in the league. Last season, Sudfeld joined the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in the first and only regular season game of his professional career to date. He had a completion rating of 82.6% that game, and threw for 134 yards, showing promise. During his college career, Sudfeld wowed fans as the Indiana Hoosiers' quarterback, throwing for 3,573 yards, 27 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. Sudfeld finished his senior year with a quarterback rating of 151. While he doesn't have proven NFL regular season experience, he could be a valuable long-term investment for the Patriots as they look towards the future.