Call it ineffective play, salary cap casualties, or simply time for a change–but cuts are coming fast and furious to an NFL franchise near you.
As expected, Green Bay waived longtime Packer A.J. Hawk on Wednesday which will free up $3.5M after the team cut LB Brad Jones, saving another $3.75M earlier in the week.Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 Draft and has played all nine of his NFL seasons in Green Bay. This is the second time the Packers have cut Hawk, but unlike in 2011 when the team signed him for less money the next day, No. 50 won’t be calling Lambeau Field home any longer. Hawk ends his time in Green Bay as the franchise’s all-time leading tackler.
Staying in the NFC North, the Detroit Lions will no longer require the services of running back Reggie Bush. The 29-year old electric playmaker signed a four-year deal in 2013 and proceeded to eclipse 1000 yards during his first season in the Motor City, but in 2014 the oft-injured Bush was plagued again registering only 76 carries in 11 games while adding 40 receptions. By releasing Bush, the Lions will save $1.75M against the cap which will aide in the attempt to re-sign Ndamukong Suh.
Jacoby Jones was one of the Ravens’ heroes in their Super Bowl XLVII after he hauled in 56-yard TD from Joe Flacco and returned a kickoff 108 yards for another score, but beginning today he will be looking for work in a different NFL city. Jones chose to return to Baltimore in 2014 on a four-year $12M contract even though he said the New York Giants offered him more money.
These NFL veterans join Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams and LaRon Landry as early offseason cuts, and many more players will be waived in the upcoming days.
FanRag Sports Wants to Know:
Which other high profile NFL players will be cut before free agency begins?
Will the Bears cut Jay Cutler and/or Brandon Marshall?
Should the Patriots cut Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis in an attempt to re-sign them to more cap-friendly deals?
What will the Vikings do with Adrian Peterson?
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