List Of Veterans Who Might Get Cut/Traded For Salary Cap Purposes

Blake Bortles

The Jaguars are expected to move on from Blake Bortles. A year after making the AFC Championship game and getting a 3-year extension, Bortles spent the second half of 2018 on the bench in favor of Cody Kessler.

Joe Flacco

Moving on from the former Super Bowl MVP would save the Ravens $10.5M in cap space. They’ll probably look to trade him first but make no mistake, Lamar Jackson has secured the starting job.

Update 2/13: Ravens have traded Joe Flacco to the Broncos for a 4th-round pick.

Ryan Tannehill

This move has been widely reported. After 7 seasons, the Dolphins will move on from Ryan Tannehill. They get $13M in cap space by moving on but also leave$13M in dead money.

Eli Manning

It’s hard to imagine the Giants straight up cutting Eli Manning after he brought 2 Super Bowls to New York. But moving on from Eli would save them $17M in much needed cap space. A restructured contract is in play here. 

Case Keenum

With Joe Flacco now in town, the Broncos will likely move on from Case Keenum after one season. 

LeSean McCoy

The Bills could’ve traded McCoy before the 2018 trade deadline but decided not to. His season was his least effective season as a pro and he had some off-the-field stuff to take care of. His 2019 cap hit is third among all RB in the NFL. Cutting McCoy would free up $6.4M in cap space.

 Carlos Hyde 

This one is pretty straightforward. The Jaguars are going to go have Leonard Fournette healthy and ready to go in 2019. Holding on to Hyde makes no sense especially after you realize that you can cut Hyde and save $4.7M in cap with no dead money left over.

Jonathan Stewart

Stewart was simply one of the worst signings from last offseason. The Giants will move on and save $2.5M in cap space.

Update: Giants declined team option on Stewart, making him a free agent.

 Isaiah Crowell

If the Jets are serious about getting Le’Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman, Crowell is not needed. The Jets can save $3M in cap room by cutting Crowell before March 15th.

Demaryius Thomas 

Thomas was a solid addition for the Texans but a torn Achilles ended his season. He carries a whopping $14M cap hit in 2019 and cutting him would wipe all $14M off the books with no dead money.

Update 2/12: Texans have released Demaryius Thomas.

DeVante Parker

If the Dolphins cut Parker, they would save $9.3M in cap space with no dead money left over. The Miami Herald reported that Parker is likely done in Miami.

Travis Benjamin

Benjamin finished the 2018 season with just 12 receptions for 186 yards and a TD in 12 games. He lost his return gig to Desmond King. It doesn’t seem like he has much of a role in LA and moving on frees up $5M in cap space.

DeSean Jackson 

Jackson has had enough of Tampa Bay and reportedly asked for a trade prior to the deadline. New HC Bruce Arians has said he wants Jackson on the team but has yet to speak with the speedy WR. In a recent radio interview, DJax said he wants to play for the Rams if the Bucs move on. Cutting him would save $10M in cap space with no dead money.

Charles Clay

 Clay only caught 21 passes for a career-low 184 yards last season. Moving on saves $4.5M in cap space.

Update: Bills released Clay.

Dwayne Allen

To keep this simple. The Patriots would save $7.4M in cap space with no dead money left over. A no-brainer. 

Update: Patriots released Allen.

Jason Peters 

Cutting Peters seems unlikely but he is a candidate to restructure his deal or possibly retire. He turned 37 years old last month and will carry a $10M cap hit in 2019. 

DJ Humphries 

The former first-round pick has just not been able to stay healthy. Cardinals would free up $9M in cap by moving on and giving him a fresh start.

Jeremy Parnell

Jermey Parnell will turn 33 years old in July and the Jaguars can use some cap space. Moving on clears $6M.

Everson Griffen

Griffen dealt with mental health issues during the 2018 season and was away from the team for 5 games. Now 31 years old, the Vikings could part ways with Griffen and save $10.7M against the cap. Danielle Hunter got his big pay check last offseason and is clearly the best edge rusher on the team, and Stephen Weatherly played well in Griffen’s absence. 

Vic Beasley

Beasley was a sack monster in 2016, racking up 15.5 sacks. He has never been the same since. In the two years since his breakout year, Beasley only has 10 total sacks. The Falcons would save $12.8M in cap by cutting him.

Gerald McCoy/Jason Pierre Paul/Vinny Curry

Rumors are swirling that McCoy is done in Tampa. The Bucs could cut McCoy and save $13M in cap and then save another $22.9M by cutting JPP and Curry. No dead money left over in all three cases. 

Update 2/12: Bucs have released Vinny Curry.

Malik Jackson/Marcell Dareus

Malik Jackson straight up said he expects to be cut this offseason and other reports have indicated the same. Moving on frees up $11M in much-needed cap space. Dareus might end up sticking around, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he’s out as well.

Update: Dareus restructured his deal.

Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan played in just 45 snaps last season and is due $11M in 2019. The Eagles need to free up some cap space and moving on from Jernigan is one way to do so. 

Update: Eagles declined team option on Jernigan, making him a free agent.

Corey Liuget 

Liuget missed most of last season due to a suspension and a quad injury. Moving on from him would save $8M in cap and leave $1.5M in dead money.

Update 2/13: Chargers have released Corey Liuget.

Robert Quinn/Andre Branch

Cutting Quinn and Branch saves $20M in cap space. The Miami Herald reported that both are done in Miami. They’re starting from scratch.

Update: Dolphins released Branch.

 Mark Barron 

Barron has not been efficient for the Rams. We’ve seen the Rams be ultra-aggressive in the last couple of offseasons. The $6.3M that they would save by moving on will probably be more helpful elsewhere. 

Update: Rams released Barron.

Jamie Collins 

He’s had some moments but not many. Collins was a different player in New England than what he is in Cleveland. The Browns would free up $9.2M in cap space by moving on.

Sean Lee 

Jerry Jones once made the difficult decision to cut DeMarcus Ware. He’ll have another tough one this offseason with Sean Lee. The man can’t stay healthy and the Cowboys now have 2 studs at LBs. It won’t be easy to say goodbye but moving on frees up $7M in cap. The Cowboys can surely use that. 

Josh Norman 

In 2016, the Redskins made Josh Norman the highest-paid CB in the NFL. Now there’s chatter of that relationship ending. Releasing Norman as a post-June 1 cut would create $11.5M in 2019 cap space while pushing $3M of dead cap to 2020. No guarantee this happens but it’s one to watch. 

Eric Weddle

Weddle said after the season that if the Ravens cut him, he’ll retire. He later changed his stance and said he’ll see what the market has to offer. Assuming the Ravens release him, Baltimore would create $7.5M in cap space. Weddle was voted into the Pro Bowl for a 3rd consecutive season in 2018.

Update: Ravens released Weddle.

Devin McCourty

McCourty shocked people at Media Opening Night when he said he might retire if the Patriots win the Super Bowl. Well the Patriots won the Super Bowl. So now what? If McCourty doesn’t retire, the Patriots will likely ask him to take a paycut. We’ll see what happens from there.

Tashaun Gipson

Gipson is another pricey player on the Jags defense. Simply cutting him would free $7.4M in cap space. If the Jaguars blow things up, he could be gone. 

Jonathan Cyprien

Cypiren missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL and his replacement, Kenny Vaccaro, was probably a better option next to Kevin Byard. Moving on would save $4.7M in cap space.

Update: Titans will release Cyprien.


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