NFL Players on the 2017 Roster Bubble

NFL Players on the 2017 Roster Bubble
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With the draft now complete and undrafted free agent signings in place, NFL minicamps are now underway, thus starting the offseason conversation for players who are on the bubble heading toward roster cuts in few months. We've collected a list of players by position who have been reported to be headed toward the roster bubble, while also breaking down the dead cap scenarios for each player specifically to be traded or released. We'll continue to update this list as new reports emerge. Send suggestions to @spotrac.

Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Cardale Jones BUF $635,848 Trade/Release:
$95,848 ($540,000 savings), $191,696 2018 dead cap
A fourth round selection in 2016, Jones made little to no strides with the Bills last season. The free agent signing of T.J. Yates, and a late round selection of Nathan Peterman have likely sealed his fate.
Brock Osweiler CLE $16,000,000 Trade:
$0 ($16M savings)

$16M ($0 savings)
Osweiler's future is very much up in the air based on reports, and how he was acquired in the first place. Regardless, his $16M base salary is fully guaranteed, making him an expensive cut or keep.
Drew Stanton ARI $4,050,000 Release:
$2M ($2.05M savings)

$1M ($3.05M savings)
Carson Palmer's backup since 2013 came at a rich price last March. $1M of his 2017 salary is fully guaranteed, but with cheaper options now on the roster (recently Blaine Gabbert), the Cardinals can clear space here.
Tyler Bray KC $1,318,750 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1,318,750 savings)
Bray's spot hinges on the summer Patrick Mahomes ($2.9M) puts together. With the Chiefs in cap trouble, it seems unlikely they'll keep Bray at his $1.3M hit.
Josh Johnson NYG $1,015,000 Trade/Release:
$100,000 ($915,000 savings)
Offseason moves have bumped Johnson to #4 on the projected depth chart, with Geno Smith & Davis Webb likely ahead. He's too rich for that role.
Joe Webb CAR $1,000,000 Trade/Release:
$100,000 ($900,000 savings)
The versatile athlete was relegated to a return man in 2016, and could be pushed off the scene this season with a $1M cap figure.
Geno Smith NYG $1,087,500 Trade:
$200,000 ($887,500 savings)

$300,000 ($787,500 savings)
The Giants QB picture won't come into focus until Davis Webb is given a chance this camp. Either way, it's highly unlikely both Smith & Josh Johnson make the final roster.
Running Backs
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Jeremy Hill CIN $1,194,328 Trade/Release:
$262,473 ($931,855 savings)
A slip in production plus a recent extension for Gio Bernard + the selection of Joe Mixon this draft spells trouble for Hill. Entering the final year of his rookie deal Hill may be a potential trade target, but it's likely he's allowed to play out his deal in Cincy.
Shane Vereen NYG 4,916,668 Release/Trade:
$1,6116,668 ($3.3M savings)
The 27-year-old totaled 1000 yards from scrimmage in 21 games across the past two seasons in New York. Battling injuries, his near $5M cap figure for 2017 is likely too rich to swallow. He's due a $500,000 roster bonus on March 13th.
Ryan Mathews PHI $5,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1M ($4M savings)
Mathews has battled injuries his whole career and with a $5M cap hit, might be able to stick around in his current contract. A restructure is possible here.
Alfred Morris DAL $2,137,500 Trade/Release:
$500,000 ($1.6375M savings)
The Cowboys need cap space and Morris may simply be an odd man out when it comes down to need.
Terron Ward ATL $615,000 $0 ($615,000 savings) He'll be competing for the #3 RB spot this summer, with Atlanta unlikey to keep four.
Joe Banyard BUF $690,000 $0 ($690,000 savings) Banyard's spot likely rests on the summer Mike Tolbert has, who is expected to act as a "flex" back for the Bills.
Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL $765,146 $75,146 ($690,000 savings) Even with Kenneth Dixon suspended 4 games, the Ravens appear set to start with Terrance West, Danny Woodhead, and Javorius Allen.
Cedric Peerman CIN $1,087,500 $100,000 ($987,500 savings) The selection of Joe Mixon puts Peerman's spot in jeopardy. Especially with minimal dead cap.
Alfred Blue HOU $719,483 Trade/Release:
$29,483 ($690,000 savings)
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Blue is likely to be passed by D'Onta Foreman on the depth chart this summer.
Travaris Cadet NO $695,000 Trade/Release:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
With Mark Ingram & Adrian Peterson solidly ahead of him on the depth chart, and recently selected Alvin Kamara expected to do the same, Cadet may be a cap casualty by the end of summer.
Matt Jones WAS $788,854 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$149,854 ($639,000 savings), $149,854 2018 dead cap
Rob Kelley, Mack Brown, & Chris Thompson all appear to have roles ahead of Jones, who quickly lost favor from the coaching staff in 2016.
Dion Lewis NE $1,487,500 Trade/Release:
$200,000 ($1.2875M savings)
While productive when available, Lewis' injuries have become a concern. With new deals for Mike Gillislee, James White, & Rex Burkhead this offseason, and a potential for LeGarrette Blount to be back in the fold, the Pats may be forced to part ways.
Brandon Bolden NE $695,000 Trade/Release:
$50,000 ($645,000 savings)
See Dion Lewis.
Wide Receivers
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Jarius Wright MIN $3,160,000 Pre 6/1 Release/Trade:
$1.68M ($1.48M savings)

Post 6/1 Release/Trade:
$560,000 ($2.6M savings), $1.12M 2018 dead cap
Barely saw the field in 2016 after signed a 4 year extension in September of 2015. He's a post June 1st release candidate, a move that clears $2.6M in cap.
Harry Douglas TEN $4,483,334 Trade/Release:
$733,334 ($3.75M savings)
Douglas could barely find the field in 2016 while the rest of the Titans WR core improved. This should be a no-brainer.
Jeremy Butler BUF $625,000 $0 ($625,000 savings) The Bills have 12 WR on the roster to start minicamp. It's likely half will be released, especially those without special teams capabilties.
Rashad Greene JAC $675,953 $60,953 ($615,000 savings), $60,953 2018 dead cap The selection of Dede Westbrook should put Greene's spot on notice
Dorial Green-Beckham PHI $944,418 $0 ($944,418 savings) DGB and Nelson Agholor are likely fighting for one roster spot, and with zero dead cap, Dorial's future is cloudy.
Jordan Matthews PHI $1,574,767 Trade/Release:
$479,867 ($1,094,900 savings)
Matthews took a step back in 2016 and will see his role limited per the signing of Alshon Jeffery & Torrey Smith this spring. He's a trade candidate entering summer.
Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT $1,333,333 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$133,333 ($1.2M savings), $133,333 2018 dead cap
The return of Martavis Bryant and the selection of JuJu Smith-Schuster should push Heyward-Bey to the bottom of the depth chart.
Devin Street NE $690,000 $0 ($690,000 savings) Claimed off waivers from the Colts, he's likely just a camp body.
Cody Latimer DEN $1,180,025 Trade/Release:
$254,300 ($925,725 savings)
A blip on the statsheet since being selected in the 2nd round back in 2014, Latimer needs a big summer to garner a role going forward.
Jeremy Maclin KC $12,400,000 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$2,400,000 ($10M savings), $4.8M 2018 dead cap
Easily the biggest name on this list, Maclin has battled injuries and an overall lack of production since joining the Chiefs in 2015. With the Chiefs up against the cap this year, the $10M saved by trading or releasing him after June 1st would be useful - but is he replaceable?
Eric Decker NYJ $8,750,000 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$1,500,000 ($7.25M savings), $1.5M 2018 dead cap
The Jets are thin at the WR position, but multiple injuries and an $8.75M cap figure leave Decker firmly on the summer bubble. A paycut may be needed for him to stick around.
Sammie Coates PIT $797,878 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$157,878 ($640,000 savings), $157,878 2018 dead cap
Coates, who has caught just 22 balls through two seasons, and Darrius Heyward-Bey may be fighting for the last WR spot in PIttsburgh.
Tight Ends
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Ed Dickson CAR $2,716,668 Trade/Release:
$666,668 ($2.05M savings)
Simply not enough targets or production to warrant a nearly $3M cap figure next year.
Ladarius Green PIT $6,187,500 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$3.5M ($2.625M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$1,187,500 ($5M savings), $1,187,500 2018 dead cap
Foot and concussion injuries kept him out of 14 games in his first season with the Steelers, who may not be willing to take the risk going forward.
Niles Paul WAS $2,208,334 Trade/Release:
$333,334 ($1.875M savings)
Paul missed all of 2015, and saw action in just 8 games in 2016. With Jordan Reed the clear TE1, and the Redskins in need of cap, Paul may be moved on from.
Benjamin Watson BAL $4,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1M ($3M savings)
Coming off a torn ACL in 2016, the 36 year old may simply be replaced with a younger cheaper option, especially with Dennis PItta's $7.7M cap hit on the books.
Troy Niklas ARI $1,280,141 Trade/Release:
$311,509 ($968,632 savings)
Primarily a blocking scheme TE, Niklas found action in only 3 2016 games. With nearly $1M to be saved, his spot is in question this summer.
Maxx Williams BAL $1,105,292 Trade/Release:
$301,861 ($803,341 savings), $301,861 2018 dead cap
The Ravens added depth at the TE position this winter, and have already restructured Pitta with hopes of keeping him in the fold. Watson and Williams are bubble spots at best.
Zach Miller CHI $2,312,500 Trade/Release:
$500,000 ($1.8125M savings)
Miller's spot became jeopardized with the 3 year $18M free agent signing of Dion Sims, and the 2nd round selection of Adam Shaheen this draft. He's a trade candidate for now.
Vance McDonald SF $4,162,500 Post 6/1 Trade:
$1,400,000 ($2,762,500 savings), $4.2M 2018 dead cap

Post 6/1 Release:
$3,500,000 ($662,500 savings), $4.2M 2018 dead cap
The new regine in SF is apparently looking to move the 26 year old, but a gaudy contract signed last year might make that near impossible. His $2.1M salary for 2017 is already fully guaranteed.
Michael Hoomanawanui NO $1,933,333 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$533,333 ($1.4M savings), $333,334 2018 dead cap
Both he and Josh Hill are working their way back from injuries this offseason, and could be competing for 1 final roster spot. Releasing Hill ($1.7625M) actually clears more cap, but age + Saints' experience could favor him.
James Hanna DAL $3,000,000 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$750,000 ($2.25M savings), $750,000 2018 dead cap
He spent 2016 on the Reserve/PUP list with a knee injury, and isn't expected to be activated until training camp (at best). With the Cowboys in cap trouble, his $2.25M savings could become a need, though his special teams production should make this a hard decision.
Luke Stocker TB $1,700,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1.7M savings)
The selection of O.J. Howard plus the breakout of Cameron Brate last year could mean Stocker's $1.7M figure is deemed too rich.
Derek Carrier WAS $1,025,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1.025M savings)
Like Niles Paul, Carrier has struggled to stay on the field recently due to injury. The Redskins can save more by releasing Paul, but it's likely the two are battling for one spot this summer.
Offensive Linemen
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Donald Stephenson DEN OT $5,000,000 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$2M ($3M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$1M ($4M savings), $1M 2018 dead cap
Struggled mightily in his 1st year in Denver. He may survive the offseason if the Broncos can't find sufficient upgrades on the line, especially with a relatively low cap hit.
Chris Clark HOU OT $3,250,000 Trade/Release:
$500,000 ($2.75M savings)
Still a strong run-blocker, Clark didn't do much to keep Texans' QBs off their backside in 2016. He'll likely be pushed to a depth player if Houston can bring in an upgrade.
Jason Kelce PHI OC $6,200,000 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$2.4M ($3.8M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$1.2M ($5M savings), $1.2M 2018 dead cap
Kelce's production has declined over the past few years, and the 29-year-old has $24.5M remaining on his deal through 2020, including a $6.2M cap hit in 2017. He's a trade candidate this summer.
Shawn Lauvao WAS OG $5,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1,000,000 ($4M savings)
Rated 60th among all guards in 2016 according to PFF, a $5M cap hit for the 29-year-old might be too rich for Washington to swallow.
Hugh Thornton ATL OG $690,000 $0 ($690,000 savings) Atlanta drafted a versatile linemen in Sean Harlow, making the less flexible Thornton's spot in danger this summer.
Michael Ola BUF OT $690,000 $0 ($690,000 savings) With Seantrel Henderson suspended 5 games and an offseason legal incident hanging over Cyrus Kouandjio, Ola's spot could be saved with a strong summer.
Patrick Lewis BUF OC $1,300,000 $100,000 ($1.2M savings) Lewis and Vlad Ducasse appear poised to battle for the last spot on the interior of the Bills line this summer. Dead cap points to Ducasse winning the role.
Michael Oher CAR OT $5,500,000 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$1,000,000 ($4.5M savings), $2M 2018 dead cap
A concussion holdover from 2016 and a recent legal incident have his Panthers' future in question, especially with Matt Kalil now signed to man the blind side.
John Greco CLE OG $3,075,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($3,075,000 savings)
The 32-year-old batted injuries in 2016, and saw a plethora of new O-Line talent join the roster this winter. The Browns don't need the cap space, but they may let Greco find work elsewhere.
Defensive Linemen
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Pat Sims CIN DT $1,075,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1.075M savings)
Younger and cheaper options could push the $1M+ Sims from the final roster.
Haloti Ngata DET DT $7,750,000 Retirement/Release/Trade:
$2M ($5.75M savings)
His production has slipped a bit, but he's still an excellent run plugger at 32 years old. If he doesn't retire, at $7.75M, he may need to accept a paycut to stick around.
Corey Peters ARI DT $3,660,418 Trade/Release
$666,668 ($2.99M savings)
Back to back injury plagued seasons could spell the end for Peters in Arizona if some of the young signings can account for his role.
Kyle Love CAR DT $962,500 Trade/Release:
$100,000 ($862,500 savings), $100,000 2018 dead cap
Love re-signed with the Panthers this free agent season, but will compete with younger/cheaper options for a spot this summer.
Brandon Thompson CIN DT $805,000

$0 ($805,000 savings)

After just 4 appearances in 2016, Thompson will be hard-pressed to return for 2017.
Dion Jordan SEA DT $640,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($640,000 savings)
The Seahawks will give him a chance to compete in multiple sets this summer, but his roster spot is far from a sure thing.
Daniel McCullers PIT DT $709,670 Trade/Release:
$19,670 ($690,000 savings)
The 24-year-old has underachieved through 3 seasons, but a lack of depth around him could mean he stays for the final year of his deal.
Nick Williams MIA DE $1,100,000 Trade/Release:
$100,000 ($1M savings)
Claimed off waivers from the Chieffs last year, Williams will likely be surpassed on the depth chart by Charles Harris.
Letroy Guion GB DE $3,416,666 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$166,666 ($3.25M savings), $166,666 2018 dead cap
Suspended for 4 games this year, Guion had his offseason roster bonuses pushed back to mid-season bonuses. Clearly the Packers want leverage in the event they decide to cut bait.
Marcus Smith PHI DE $2,481,531


$998,016 ($1,483,515 savings)

Buried on the depth chart and with almost no production to show for through his first three seasons, the Eagles will likely take the $1.4M in savings here.
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Clay Matthews GB LB $15,200,000 Trade/Release:
$4.1M ($11.1M savings)
Matthews is tough to value, as the Packers have moved him inside and out over the past few seasons. Regardless it will be tough to see him play out a $15.2M cap hit in 2017. A restructure seems most likely.
J.T. Thomas NYG OLB $4,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1M ($3M savings)
After accepting a pay cut in 2016, Thomas has seen action in just 13 of 33 games since 2015. The Giants will use the $3M saved elsewhere.
DeAndre Levy DET OLB $8,390,000 3/11-6/1 Trade:
$7.2M ($1.19M savings)

3/11 - 6/1 Release:
$8.95M (-$560,000 savings)

Post 6/1 Trade:
$2.4M ($5.99M savings), $4.8M 2018 dead cap

Post 6/1 Release:
$4.15M ($4.24M savings), $4.8M 2018 dead cap
Levy barely found the field in 2016, but his cap vs. dead cap structure isn't favorable for an outright release this spring, especially with an additional $1.75M salary guarantee on March 11th. A pay cut is the most likely move for 2017.
Ahmad Brooks SF OLB $8,648,750 Trade/Release:
$848,750 ($7.8M savings)
Brooks played all 16 weeks for the 49ers in 2016, compiling 6 sacks and 52 tackles. With that said, it may simply be time for the Niners to move forward here.
Koa Misi MIA OLB $6,535,500 Trade/Release:
$2,335,500 ($4.2M savings)
He's battled injuries since the 2010 season, and will provide much needed cap space for the Dolphins this offseason.
Josh Keyes ATL ILB $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
The selection of Duke Riley in the 3rd round has Keyes on notice this summer.
Lamarr Houston CHI OLB $6,990,000 Trade/Release:
$990,000 ($6M savings), $990,000 2018 dead cap
ACL tears in each knee over the past few seasons and $6M in cap space to be saved could mean a roster cut for Houston.
Marquis Flowers CIN OLB $709,670 Trade/Release:
$19,670 ($690,000 savings)
Cincy drafted/added heavily at the linebacker position this winter, making Flowers (who say just 3 snapsin 2016) expendable.
Preston Brown BUF ILB $1,959,000 Trade/Release:
$162,000 ($1.797M savings)
His starting role will likely give way to Reggie Ragland, but his contributions on special teams could factor into him sticking around.
Mychal Kendricks PHI ILB $6,600,000 Post 6/1 Trade:
$1.6M ($5M savings), $3.2M 2018 dead cap

Post 6/1 Release:
$5.95M ($650,000 savings), $3.2M 2018 dead cap
Kendricks has been on the trade block for most of the offseason. $4.35M in fully guaranteed salary for 2017 could be troubling.
Junior Galette WAS OLB $800,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($800,000 savings)
An offseason incident reported last month could lead to discipline from the league, which may force Washington's hand at final roster cut down time.
Arthur Moats PIT OLB $2,883,334 Trade/Release:
$633,334 ($2.25M savings)
The 29-year-old is a depth linebacker whose spot could be in jeopardy per the selection of T.J. Watt this spring.
Frank Zombo KC OLB $1,356,666 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$166,666 ($1.19M savings), $166,668 2018 dead cap
Zombo's been a solid depth piece since joining the Chiefs in 2013, but his $1M+ in cap savings could spell the end this summer.
Nathan Stupar NO OLB $1,800,000 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$400,000 ($1.4M savings), $400,000 2018 dead cap
Stupar is a depth linebacker with a focus on special teams. Tight on cap space, the Saints may decide his $1.8M figure is too rich.
David Harris NYJ ILB $6,500,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($6.5M savings)
The 33-year-old has long been the captain of the Jets' defense, and with Darron Lee tagged as the ILB of the future, the Jets may choose to go younger & cheaper in 2017.
Defensive Backs
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Kyle Fuller CHI CB $3,082,228 Trade:
$1,341,273 ($1,740,955 savings)

$3,082,228 ($0 savings)
There was speculation that an injured Fuller simply "did not want" to return to the Bears this season, putting his future in question. He'll be a trade candidate at best.
Tyvon Branch ARI S $4,187,500 Trade/Release:
$1M ($3,187,500 savings)
Due a $500,000 roster bonus on March 12th, , Arizona will likely see Branch's $4M+ cap hit as too much to swallow heading into the offseason.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NYG CB $8,500,000 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$4M ($4.5M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$2M ($6.5M savings), $2M 2018 dead cap
Still a strong player in the secondary, the 30+ year old is likely just too expensive to remain a role player for the Giants going forward. He'll latch on quickly.
Vontae Davis IND CB $10,250,000 Trade/Release:
$1.25M ($9M savings)
Davis struggled much of the year along with the Colts defense as a whole. His $10.25M cap figure makes bringing him back almost impossible.
Buster Skrine NYJ CB 8,500,000 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$5M ($3.5M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$2.5M ($6M savings), $2.5M 2018 dead cap
He was benched during one point in 2016, and was one of the most penalized players in football last season. He's a Post June 1st release candidate this spring.
Darrell Stuckey SD S $3,333,750 Trade/Release:
$433,750 ($2.9M savings)
He saw just 34 snaps in 2016 and will most certainly be passed over for the cap savings this March.
Ron Brooks PHI CB $2,100,000 Pre 6/1 Release or Trade:
$500,000 ($1.6M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$250,000 ($1.85M savings), $250,000 2018 dead cap
The 28-year-old Brooks suffered a knee injury in 2016 and will likely be replaced this offseason.
DeAngelo Hall WAS CB $5,062,500 Trade/Release:
$812,500 ($4.25M savings)
The 33-year-old hit the IR early in 2016 with a torn ACL. Combine that with $4.25M in potential cap savings and the Redskins may have to move on.
Kyle Arrington BAL CB $2,766,668 Trade/Release:
$666,668 ($2.1M savings)
His recent paycut may not be enough to hold a roster spot, as Arrington is well down the depth chart to start the summer.
Adam-Pacman Jones CIN CB $7,666,666 Post 6/1 Trade/Release:
$666,666 ($7M savings), $666,666 2018 dead cap
Continually finding offthe field trouble, the Bengals will soon be forced to move on. His contract makes it very easy to do so.
DeAngelo Hall WAS CB $5,062,500 Trade/Release:
$812,500 ($4.25M savings)
Hall is recovering from a torn ACL, and could be slated for the Reserve/PUP list. It's possible a pay cut is in order, but at 33 years old, a release is possible too.
Special Teams
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Dustin Colquitt KC P $4,900,000 Trade/Release:
$800,000 ($4.1 savings)
Kansas City will need cap space to keep their defense intact this offseason, and they can gain $4M+ by replacing Colquitt.
Thomas Morstead NO P $4,700,000 3/13 - 6/1 Release/Trade:
$2.15M ($2.55M savings)

Post 6/1 Release or Trade:
$1.45M ($3.25M savings), $700,000 2018 dead cap
Morstead is owed a $500,000 roster bonus on March 13th, which could become a focal date should the Saints be in need of cap space.
Graham Gano CAR K $4,000,000 Trade/Release:
$750,000 ($3.25M savings)
Carolina drafted Harrison Butker in the 7th round to compete with Gano this summer. Going with Butker saves $2.76M in cap.
Randy Bullock CIN K $775,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($775,000 savings)
The journeyman kicker signed a 2 year deal with $0 guaranteed this winter. 5th-round selection Jake Elliott should unseat him.