NFL Offensive Players Rumored to be Cut

With “Black Monday” now come and gone the focus for many franchises turns to the roster for 2014, specifically players who may not qualify. We’ve compiled a list of offensive players who are rumored to be on the chop-block this offseason, detailing both the cost to cut them, and the savings to the team.

Player Team Cost to Cut Cap Savings
Quarterbacks
Sam Bradford STL $7,190,000 $10,420,000
Mark Sanchez NYJ $4,800,000 $8,300,000
Matt Schaub HOU $10,500,000 $4,000,000
Blaine Gabbert JAC $3,818,705 0
Running Backs
Benjarvus Green-Ellis CIN $500,000 $2,500,000
Michael Bush CHI $2,000,000 $1,850,000
Mark Ingram NO $973,500 $1,386,375
Mikel Leshoure DET $249,396 $843,297
Wide Receivers
Santonio Holmes NYJ $2,500,000 $8,250,000
Nate Burleson DET $2,031,641 $5,500,000
Lance Moore NO $2,357,500 $2,711,250
Brad Smith PHI $0 $1,575,000
Greg Little CLE $230,000 $828,750
Miles Austin DAL $7,855,600 $392,800
Tight Ends
Heath Miller PIT $3,446,500 $6,020,000
Jermaine Gresham CIN $1,221,250 $3,110,750
Jacob Tamme DEN $833,334 $2,000,000
Robert Housler ARI $171,023 $780,000
Offensive Linemen
Doug Legursky BUF $100,000 $850,000
Will Rackley JAC $154,868 $772,401
Lucas Nix OAK $4,168 $570,000
Jonathan Martin MIA $959,734 $75,066

Additional Notes
Jets QB Mark Sanchez is set to earn an additional $2 million roster bonus on the 15th league day of 2014. If the Jets choose to wait to release him, the dead money jumps to $6.8 million. This might be done in order to designate him as a Post-June 1st release, which would split his dead money between 2014 ($3.6 million) and 2015 ($3.2 million) – though this is not at all likely.

Both Michael Bush (CHI) and Benjarvus Green-Ellis (CIN) are 29 years old. Bush is signed through 2015,  while BGE will enter his contract year in 2014. It’s possible that each are offered to restructure, tagging a year or two onto their current deals in order to reduce the current cap values.

The cap savings on Miles Austin is so small, that it seems silly to make the move in 2014. But by designating Austin a Post June 1st release, the Cowboys can clear $5.5 million in 2014, splitting his dead money at $2.748 million in 2014 and $5.1 million in 2015. Terrance Williams, with a bit of a breakout year in 2013, counts just $684,868 to the 2014 Cowboys cap.

WR Nate Burleson has proven himself to be a viable #2 next to Calvin Johnson in Detroit, but there’s no way the Lions (or any team) will have him with $7.5 million allocated to the salary cap. At 32 years old, and injuries throughout his career, Burleson’s run in Detroit is probably over.

TE Heath Miller might be the “rumor” we trust in least, as when healthy he’s still a major target in the Steelers’ offense. But with a $9.47 million cap figure for 2014 (highest among all tight ends), the Steelers should look to make a move with the contract. At 31 years old, another long term deal might not be in the cards for Miller, but a restructured deal with additional years makes sense for both parties.

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