Before free agency starts, the pool of available players gets an influx of talent, as teams begin shedding payroll in preparation for the spending spree on March 10.
Given the state of the NFL and some of the big names that are free agents, here are some more players who may be cut in the coming days.
Prime Candidates To Be Released
Dwayne Bowe WR, KC. Bowe’s $10.75 million contract became nonguaranteed when he didn’t make it into the end zone in 2014. Bowe wasn’t the only Chiefs receiver who didn’t make it into the end zone, as Kansas City was the only team to not throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. The emergence of tight end Travis Kelce leaves Bowe as the team’s third option and he isn’t a red zone threat.
Mike Wallace WR, MIA. Wallace benched himself in the season finale against the New York Jets and that puts his career with the Miami Dolphins in jeopardy. He is supposed to make just over $9.5 million next year and that is way too much for someone who doesn’t give 100 percent all the time. There are a couple of good wide receivers on the market and it is likely the Dolphins would rather have one of those guys instead of Wallace, who isn’t the game-changer they were hoping for.
Jahri Evans OG, NO. The Saints’ guard is due to make $9.6 million next season. Even though he made it to the Pro Bowl, he struggled a lot last season, especially against some of the better pass rushes. New Orleans has very little cap space, so they are looking to save money any way possible. The Saints figure to make a couple of cuts and Evans seems like he would be one of the first ones.
Ahmad Brooks LB, SF. Brooks had a down season with only six sacks and no interceptions last season. He did miss a couple of games with an injury and appeared to be replaced by rookie Aaron Lynch. The thing that will most likely cost Brooks his spot on the 49ers’ roster is the fact he is owed a $1.2 million roster bonus. Brooks is a good player, but San Francisco is looking to rebound in a big way and they need some more financial flexibility.
Jake Long OT, STL. Jake Long has had a real hard time staying healthy over the past two seasons. He has had two ACL surgeries on the same knee and it leaves a lot of uncertainty for the future. Long is due $10.5 million next year and the Rams can’t afford to be paying someone top dollar who hasn’t finished a season healthy. The Rams might try and get the 29-year-old to rework his deal, but if he doesn’t, he will likely be cut. The former first overall pick still has the talent, but his body can’t keep up with the demands.
There are a couple of players who have an outside chance of being cut. These are some of the better players in the game, but it is likely their current teams want to restructure. If the two sides can’t come to an understanding, these players may hit the open market.
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