Potential NFL Roster Bubble Players

Potential NFL Roster Bubble Players
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An updated look at players reported to be on their respective team's roster bubble, and the current financial ramifications should they be released or traded. We will continue to update this list as new reports emerge. Send suggestions to @spotrac.

Quarterbacks
Player Team 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Colin Kaepernick SF $15,890,753 Trade:
$2,865,753 2016 dead cap ($13,025M savings); $4,931,506 2017 dead cap

Cut:
$14,765,753 2016 dead cap ($1.125M savings); $4,931,506 2017 dead cap
Kaepernick has had ample opportunity to win back his starting job, but it doesn't appear he's done so yet. SF will likely place him back on the trade block, as keeping a nearly $16M cap hit on their bench isn't natural.
Mark Sanchez DEN $4,500,000 Trade: $0 dead cap ($4.5M savings)
Cut: $1M dead cap ($3.5M savings)
The Broncos QB battle appears to be a tossup at this point. With Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both younger/cheaper options, Sanchez might be the odd man out.
Josh McCown CLE $5,041,666 Trade:
$666,666 2016 dead cap ($4.375M savings), $666,667 2017 dead cap

Cut:
$1.6M 2016 dead cap ($3.375M savings), $666,667 2017 dead cap
The Browns may have had trade partners lined up at one point, but with Fitzpatrick and Foles now available, McCown is likely to be released by summer's end.
Geno Smith NYJ $1,597,146 Trade/Cut: $507,655 dead cap ($1,089,491 savings) Geno appears to be a battle with Bryce Petty for the final QB spot. With $1M to be saved per his release, he might be the odd man out come September.
Bryce Petty NYJ $663,424 Trade/Cut:
$138,424 2016 dead cap ($525k savings); $276,848 2017 dead cap.
The trio of Fitzpatrick, Smith, & Hackenberg appear to be the Jets plan for 2016. Unless one of them are moved, Petty is likely flipped.
Keith Wenning CIN $525,000 Trade/Cut:
$0 dead cap ($525k savings)
Wenning will compete with Joe Licata for the 3rd string (practice squad) spot.
Matt Barkley ARI $705,000 Trade/Cut: $20,000 dead cap ($685k savings) Barkley's spot should be safe unless the Cardinals decided to keep just 2 QBs on the active roster.
Sean Renfree ATL $686,474 Trade/Cut: $11,474 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Matt Ryan/Schaub should be the active QB1/QB2, and Matt Simms is a likely practice squad designation.
Josh Johnson BAL $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Johnson is giving Ryan Mallett a run for his money, but it likely won't be enough to secure a spot.
Austin Davis CLE $1,766,666 Trade/Cut:
$166,666 2016 dead cap ($1.1M savings); $166,668 2017 dead cap
Davis' spot is in flux based on the potential trade of Josh McCown (less likely now). The Browns might be smart to keep all 3 on their active roster, and they can afford to.
Brandon Weeden HOU $1,737,500 Trade/Cut: $450,000 dead cap ($1.2875M savings) Weeden could easily be the backup for Osweiler this season, but if Tom Savage emerges, Houston migiht be better served to give him the role long term.
Zach Mettenberger SD $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Once an attractive potential starter, Mettenberger's career may be over before it really got started.
 
Running Backs
Player Team 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Darren McFadden DAL $2,150,000 Trade/Cut: $100,000 dead cap ($2.05M savings) McFadden has been on-call since the Cowboys drafted Zeke Elliott, and the return of Lance Dunbar means more depth. Possible trade?
Knile Davis KC $826,504 Trade/Cut:
$126,504 in 2016 dead cap ($700,000 savings)
Extensions for Spencer Ware & Charcandrick West might have sealed Davis' fate in KC. With minimal cap space, the $700k saved will help.
Dexter McCluster TEN $3,650,000 Trade/Cut:
$1M in 2017 dead cap ($2.65M savings)
The acquisition of DeMarco Murray & draft selection of Derrick Henry to go along with Bishop Sankey could spell an exit for McCluster, especially with $2.65M in cap savings to be had.
Bishop Sankey TEN $1,048,209 Trade/Cut:
$278,818 2016 dead cap ($769,391 savings), $278,818 2017 dead cap
The 2014 2nd round pick fell out of favor quickly in Tennessee, and with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry both in the fold, Sankey's days are numbered.
Donald Brown NE $680,000 Trade: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings)
Cut: $300,000 dead cap ($380,000 savings)
If Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount are 100% through camp, Brown will likely need to beat out James c to keep his spot intact. The salary guarantee helps.
Jerome Felton BUF $2,300,000 Trade/Cut:
$750,000 2016 dead cap ($1.55M savings), $1.3M 2017 dead cap
Felton played a limited role in 2015 after signing a 4 ye, $9.2M deal with the Bills, and can sure use the $1.55M saved this year to release him.
Robert Turbin IND $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600k savings) His recent charge for possession of a controlled substance certainly doesn't help him secure a place in front of Jordan Todman & Josh Ferguson.
Daniel Thomas MIA $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600k savings) Thomas has been unimpressive through 4 NFL seasons, so a slow start to camp could leave the Dolphins looking to upgrade the depth in their backfield. Especially once other teams begin to cut.
Denard Robinson JAC $728,403 Trade/Cut: $53,403 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Turnover problems, a lack of production, and a potential DUI charge combined with a TJ Yeldon & Chris Ivory easily ahead on the depth chart could push Robinson off the roster this summer.
Dan Herron BUF $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The release of Karlos Williams shakes up the Bills RB tree a bit, but Mike Gillislee & Jonathan Williams should snag the final roster spots.
Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL $675,146 Trade/Cut:
$75,146 2016 dead cap ($600k savings); $75,146 2017 dead cap
Injuries have kept him from the field this offseason, and the depth behind him has caught up.
Ronnie Hillman DEN $2,000,000 Trade: $200,000 dead cap ($1.8M savings)
Cut: $600,000 dead cap ($1.4M savings)
Hillman has fallen off swiftly this offseason, with Kapri Bibbs and Juwan Thompson pushing him for a spot. There's a lot to be saved if they can live without him.
Orleans Darkwa NYG $600,000 $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Paul Perkins appears to have leaped Darkwa on the depth chart, making him expendable.
Travaris Cadet NO $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) He appears to be buried down the depth chart, though Marcus Murphy has done little to push him.
Joe Banyard JAC $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) He's battling Corey Grant for the last spot, unless Denard Robinson is giving his papers.
Stevan Ridley DET $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The emergence of Dwayne Washington should spell an exit for Ridley or George Winn, possibly both.
Antonio Andrews TEN $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600k savings) It's crowded in the Titans' backfield - with a lot of talent.
Andre Williams NYG $713,400 Trade/Cut: $113,400 2016 dead cap ($600k savings); $113,400 2017 dead cap A rough preaseson (91 yards on 25 carries) likely means he's the last man on the depth chart right now.
 
Wide Receivers
Player Team 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Davante Adams GB $1,072,746 Trade/Cut:
$295,164 2016 dead cap ($777,582 savings), $295,164 2017 dead cap
That was fast. An ugly 2015 has led to a serious roster bubble status for Adams. Green Bay won't save much by letting him go, but a change of scenery might benefit both sides.
Aaron Dobson NE $1,090,845 Trade/Cut:
$218,340 in dead cap ($872,505 savings)
Plenty of bodies for Dobson to leap over to keep a role intact for the upcoming season. The low cap hit is on his side.
Brandon Coleman NO $525,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($525k savings) Coleman's spot was likely supplanted this offseason when the Saints drafted Michael Thomas to take over the slot role.
Justin Hunter TEN $1,725,865 Trade/Cut: $581,209 dead cap ($1.1M savings) Hunter hasn't come close to hitting his potential ceiling through 3 years in Tennessee. With the team around him improving quickly, this coming camp may be a do or die scenario for him.
Jarrett Boykin BUF $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675k savings) Greg Little's recent success likely assures him a spot, leaving the battle between Boykin and Greg Salas. Coin Flip.
Jordan Norwood DEN $880,000 Trade/Cut: $50,000 dead cap ($830k savings) The addition of Oregon WR Bralon Addison this May could spell an exit for Norwood. Addison is a multi-tool player, able to step in as a reliable receiver, and a standout returner for Denver.
Cecil Shorts HOU $2,450,000 Trade/Cut: $500,000 dead cap ($1.95M savings) He's already accepted a pay cut, but strong play from the newcomers this camp could still push Shorts off the roster this summer - though it's not extremely likely at this point.
Stephen Hill CAR $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) He's reportedly had a nice camp, but remains banged up, and might not be trustworthy in terms of injury/production to warrant a roster spot.
Andre Roberts DET $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Roberts is likely competing with Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones for a spot. His ability to return kicks/punts could push him over the edge.
Brittan Golden ARI $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap Golden is a possible odd man out with JJ Nelson and the Browns rounding out a strong WR arsenal.
Rueben Randle PHI $1,025,000 Trade/Cut: $25,000 dead cap ($1M savings) He's been awful to start the preseason, and will likely be released if a better option appears on the waiver wire.
Chris Givens PHI $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600k savings) Like Randle, Givens has shown little to secure a role in the new Eagles' offense.
Jeremy Ross NYJ $650,000 Trade/Cut: $50,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Jalin Marhsall's emergence should push Ross off the roster this summer.
Victor Cruz NYG $4,400,000 Trade: $2M 2016 dead cap ($2.4M savings); $1.9M 2017 dead cap
Cut: $4.4M 2016 dead cap ($0 savings); $1.9M 2017 dead cap
The Giants are being extremely careful with Cruz in his return from injury. Another setback could force their hand.
Jarius Wright MIN $2,560,000 Trade/Cut:
$660,000 2016 dead cap ($1.9M savings); $1.68M 2017 dead cap
He carries the highest cap hit of any VIkings WR, but also the smallest role currently. It would be a bit of a surprise if they cut ties.
Griff Whalen MIA $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) The Dolphins currently have 11 WRs on the roster. Plenty will fall.
De'Anthony Thomas KC $713,527 Trade/Cut:
$113,527 2016 dead cap ($600k savings); $105,027 2017 dead cap
His versatility should help him, but with young receivers emerging, it may be tough for the Chiefs to hang on to Thomas.
Jeremy Kerley DET $850,000 Trade/Cut: $90,000 dead cap ($760k savings) Andre Roberts appears to be a lock, meaning Kerley could be a casualty.
Brandon Tate CIN $1,024,000 Trade/Cut: $120,000 dead cap ($904,000 savings) It appears his run in Cincy is coming to a close
 
Tight Ends
Player Team 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Brandon Myers TB $1,916,668 Trade/Cut:
$166,668 2016 dead cap ($1.75M savings)
Myers fell out of the spotlight in 2015, as he was outplayed by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a regular basis. With Luke Stocker on the books for $1.6M, Myer's nearlty $2M cap will probably need to come off.
Ed Dickson CAR $2,566,666 Trade/Cut:
$666,666in 2016 dead cap ($1.9M savings), $666,667 in 2017 dead cap
The Panthers don't necessarily have a better TE2 on the roster at this point, but a strong camp from someone could bump Dickson out of rotation. His release would clear at least $1.2M in cap.
Brandon Pettigrew DET $4,650,000 Trade/Cut: $1M 2016 dead cap ($3.65M savings), $1M 2017 dead cap With Eric Ebron in the fold, and recent injuries/limited targets, Pettigrew might find himself a cap casualty this summer.
Garrett Graham DEN $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The emergence of John Phillips with Graham injured could supplant him from the roster come September.
Brandon Williams SEA $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Williams leans more toward the blocking side of the position, and with depth around him, doesn't appear to have enough to hold a spot.
Kellen Davis NYJ $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The Jets need a blocking TE to complement Jace Amaro, and Zach Sudfield better fits that bill.
Clay Harbor NE $1,287,500 Trade/Cut:
$200,000 2016 dead cap ($1,087,500 savings); $200,000 2017 dead cap
Harbor may be safe with Bear Pascoe off the roster, but with Gronkowski, Bennett, and Derby ahead of him, he remains on the bubble.
MarQueis Gray MIA $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Dominique Jones appears to have leaped Gray on the depth chart. Same cost, only one should stay.
Jace Amaro NYJ $1,170,816 Trade/Cut: $360,544 2016 dead cap ($810,772 savings); $360,544 2017 dead cap A slow start and injuries have put Amaro on the watch list this offseason. He hasn't impressed the coach staff and could be flipped for a change of scenery.
 
Offensive Linemen
Player Team Pos. 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Phil Loadholt MIN OT $3,750,000 Trade/Cut: $1.75M dead cap ($2M savings) Loadholt took a pay cut this summer already, but still finds himself in competition with Andre Smith. It's tough to imagine both contracts remaining.
Andy Levitre ATL OG $5,375,000 Trade/Cut: $1,375,000 2016 dead cap ($4M savings), $2.75M 2017 dead cap Levitre had a rough 2015, and appears to be in danger of losing his starting role this offseason. If younger additions make strides in camp, the $4M saved to release Levitre might be worth it.
Gosder Cherlius TB OT $4,500,000 Trade/Cut: $500,000 dead cap ($4M savings) Graded out as the 58th best tackle in 2015 according to PFF. If the Bucs can fill his spot this camp, the $4M saved is a no-brainer.
T.J. Johnson CIN C $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Johnson's versaility as a depth lineman could keep him on the right side of the bubble, but there's work to do.
Taylor Boggs ARI G $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Boggs' spot likely relies on how Earl Watford finishes out the summer.
Josh LeRibeus WAS C $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600k savings) Quickly moving down the depth chart as Spencer Long appears locked into the backup center role.
Jahri Evans SEA G $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600k savings) Evans doesn't appear to have enough left in the tank to make an impact on this line.
Andrew Gardner PHI G $935,000 Trade/Cut:
$175,000 2016 dead cap ($760k savings); $250,000 2017 dead cap
Gardner is still recovering from his season ending Lisfranc injury, and remains near the bottom of the depth chart. A recent pay cut helps though.
Matt McCants OAK T $1,671,000 $0 dead cap ($1.671M savings) The Raiders added veterans to fill depth holes this summer. McCants could be a casualty.
Kraig Urbik MIA G $1,125,000 Trade/Cut:
$150,000 2016 dead cap ($975k savings); $125,000 2017 dead cap
Urbik's bounced around as a depth guy and doesn't appear to have enough to hold down a reserve spot in Miami.
Sam Young MIA T $910,000 Trade/Cut: $150,000 dead cap ($760k savings) WIth a nearly $1M cap figure he's likely too rich for Miami to keep. A release/re-sign is possible.
Mackenzy Bernadeau JAC C $1,500,000

Trade: $250,000 2016 dead cap ($1.25M savings); $125,000 2017 dead cap

Cut: $750,000 2016 dead cap ($750k savings); $125,000 2017 dead cap

He's struggled mightily this summer, but the Jaguars can afford to keep him if they think he can recover.
Don Barclay GB T $700,000 Trade/Cut: $25,000 dead cap ($675k savings) An annual swingman, Barclay might become a casualty if Jason Spriggs/Kyle Murphy can show enough.
Jamil Douglas MIA G/C $654,641 Trade/Cut: $129,641 2016 dead cap ($525k savings);
$259,282 2017 dead cap
The new coaching staff doesn't appear to be impressed with the second year lineman.
Jeremiah Poutasi TEN T $788,064 Trade/Cut: $200,564 2016 dead cap ($587,500 savings); $401,128 2017 dead cap The production simply hasn't matched the draft round (3) or the cap hit.
Fernando Velasco BUF G $680,000 Trade/Cut: $80,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The veteran swingman has been passed on the depth chart by Ryan Groy, and will need to impress over the next 2 games to earn a spot.
 
Defense
Player Team Pos. 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Jamar Taylor CLE CB $899,475 $0 dead cap ($899,475 savings) Acquired from Miami this spring, Taylor has been on the bubble all summer.
Don Jones CLE S $1,671,000 $0 dead cap ($1.671M savings) The Browns claimed Jones last fall and assigned him to a low tender. His spot has never been secure.
Nick Hayden CLE DL $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Hayden was signed as a depth fill and hasn't done much to secure a role yet.
Ego Ferguson CHI DE $1,102,498 Trade/Cut:
$308,570 2016 dead cap ($793,928 savings), $308,570 2017 dead cap
Ferguson dealt with a knee injury in 2014, and a suspension in 2015, leaving a very small thread of hope that he'll reach his 2nd round potential. This could be the end of the road.
Brandon Browner SEA CB $760,000 $0 dead cap ($760,000 savings) The lowest rated PFF CB in 2015 attempts to show Seattle he can still defend a big passing game.
Duke Williams BUF S $792,563 $117,563 dead cap ($675k savings) Williams was expected to compete for a starting job last offseason, but has fallen back since. The Bills can use the $675k saved.
Alterraun Verner TB CB $6,750,000 Trade: $0 dead cap ($6.75M savings)
Cut: $2M dead cap ($4.75M savings)
Verner was benched early on in 2015, and the Bucs selection of Vernon Hargreaves doesn't make his role any more secure heading into the new year.
Daryl Washington ARI ILB $7,500,000 Trade/Cut:
$3M in 2016 dead cap ($4.5M savings), $2.5M in 2017 dead cap
He's been suspended since Dec. 2013, and reinstatement doesn't seem likely. It will simply be a formality should the Cardinals release him.
Ropati Pitoitua TEN DE $3,803,125 Trade/Cut:
$725,000 2016 dead cap ($3,078,125 savings)
The Titans don't need the cap space, but Pitoitua has slipped to the 4th on the DE chart, making his $3.8M cap hit too rich.
Earl Mitchell MIA DT $3,500,000 Trade/Cut:
$525,000 in 2016 dead cap ($2.975M savings), $500,000 in 2017 dead cap
Miami's bolstered the defensive line around Mitchell this offseason, and could sure use the $3M in Post 6/1 savings at this point.
J.J. Wilcox DAL S $1,817,517

Trade/Cut:

$156,517 in dead cap ($1,514,483 savings)

He lost his starting spot this offseason with Byron Jones moving to safety, so the $1.5M in savings might be worth the move for Dallas.
Lavar Edwards BUF DL $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) The Bills D-Line certainly has its issues, but with younger/cheaper options on the roster, Edwards & likely Ta'amu could be out.
Ahmad Brooks SF OLB $8,005,000 Trade/Cut:
$2.3M 2016 dead cap ($5.65M savings), $848,750 in 2017 dead cap
Brooks is in danger of losing his starting job after a miserable 2015 season with the 49ers. With $5.65M in savings available, the Niners may part ways.
J.T. Thomas NYG OLB $4,000,000 Trade:
$1M 2016 dead cap ($3M savings), $1M 2017 dead cap

Cut:
$1.525M 2016 dead cap ($2.475M savings), $1M 2017 dead cap
Thomas has reportedly been battling injuries this offseason, and has since been passed on the depth chart by Jonathan Casillas. He faces an uphill battle to lock in a spot this camp.
Matt Elam BAL S $2,140,997 Trade/Cut: $813,224 in 2016 dead cap ($1.3M savings) Elam's never panned out to his 1st round potential, and the Ravens appear to have moved on after bringing in Eric Weddle. With he, Ladarius Webb, and even Anthony Levine possibly ahead of him on the depth chart, he's got a tough climb.
Barkevious Mingo CLE OLB $5,201,319

Trade: $4,526,319 2016 dead cap ($675k savings)
Cut: $5,201,319 2016 dead cap ($0 savings)

Mingo doesn't appear to be a good fit for the new Browns regime, and his production certainly hasn't matched his Top 10 overall selection. However, with no cap savings to release him, his spot might be safe.
Frostee Rucker ARI DT $1,353,125 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($1.3M savings) The Cardinals are in cap trouble, so anywhere they can get younger and cheaper this summer, they'll do it.
Malliciah Goodman ATL DL $774,272 Trade/Cut: $99,272 dead cap ($675,000 savings) He's been unimpressive this summer and quickly falling down a deep list of solid d-linemen in Atlanta.
DeMarcus Van Dyke ATL DB $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) There's a nice battle for the final spots of the Falcons' secondary. Van Dyke's one of the pricier cap hits, which could play a factor.
Arthur Brown BAL ILB $1,130,892 Trade/Cut:
$241,224 dead cap ($889,668 savings)
He's simply not worth the $1.1M cap hit he accounts for this year. Cheaper depth is available for Baltimore.
Kyle Arrington BAL CB $1,566,666 Trade/Cut:
$666,666 2016 dead cap ($900k savings); $666,668 2017 dead cap
A recent pay cut may not be enough to reserve a spot for 2016. Especially with $900,000 still to be saved.
Robert McClain CAR CB $810,000 Trade/Cut: $50,000 dead cap ($760,000 savings) McClain is on the right side of the bubble currently, but could be pushed out by the end of August as players get healthy.
Jayson Dimanche CIN ILB $675,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Simply hasn't done enough to secure his spot. There are plenty of teams in need of an experience ILB though...
Chykie Brown CIN CB $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) All the major players were signed back, leaving large battles for depth positions.
Jordan Hill SEA DT $831,035 Trade/Cut: $156,035 in dead cap ($675,000 savings) He's battled injuries and appears to have hit his ceiling entering his fourth year.
Donald Washington PIT CB $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675k savings) With Sean Davis able to play safety & cornerback, Washington will likely be bounced. Look for a veteran signing here late though.
Darryl Morris NYJ CB $750,000 Trade/Cut: $75,000 dead cap ($675k savings) Plenty of options for the Jets to choose from, Morris' higher cap hit might make him a casualty.
Montori Hughes NYG DE $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Davon Coleman has seen more of the preseason playing time thusfar, and should earn the last spot.
John Jenkins NO DT $1,812,890 Trade/Cut: $141,890 dead cap ($1.671M savings) The Saints have given themselves plenty of options here. It's a bit of a coin flip.
Michael Mauti NO OLB $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675,000 savings) He's at the bottom of the list right now, but the Saints could decide to keep everyone.
Cortland Finnegan NO CB $650,000 Trade/Cut: $50,000 dead cap ($600,000 savings) He was signed as a safety measure and should only make the team if needed.
Terrance Knighton NE DT $2,018,750 Trade/Cut: $350,000 dead cap ($1,668,750 savings) It would be a surprise, but the Patriots are never short of those this time of year. If a cheaper player emerges, Pot Roast could need a new home.
Chad Greenway MIN OLB $2,750,000 Trade: $50,000 dead cap ($2.7M savings)
Cut: $800,000 dead cap ($1.95M savings)
While his cap hit isn't terrribly high, and he's looked effective this summer, the Vikings could still decide to move on and go younger across the board.
Michael Griffin MIN S $2,718,750 Trade: $350,000 dead cap ($2,368,750 savings)
Cut: $850,000 dead cap ($1,868,750 savings)
It's hard to imagine the VIkings keeping both Terrance Newman and Griffin.
Terence Newman MIN CB $3,000,000 Trade: $600,000 dead cap ($2.4M savings)
Cut: $1.1M dead cap ($1.9M savings)
Newman and Michael Griffin signed similar 1 year deals this offseason. It's likely one or the other.
Rashaan Melvin MIA CB $675,000 $0 dead cap ($675k savings) Lippett, McCain, and PItts have leaped over him at this point.
Josh Mauga KC LB $2,700,000 Trade/Cut:
$800,000 2016 dead cap ($1.9M savings); $750,000 2017 dead cap
Injuries have kept him off the field this summer, and the nearly $2M in savings would help.
Dwayne Gratz JAC CB $1,845,394 Trade/Cut: $174,394 dead cap ($1.671M savings) He's competing with Demetrius McCray and appears to be the low man right now.
Stefan Charles DET DT $1,750,000 Trade/Cut: $750,000 dead cap ($1M savings) Charles' stock might be rising with the poor play from fellow linemate Gabe Wright.
Keith Tandy TB S $1,010,000 Trade/Cut: $250,000 dead cap ($760k savings) There's cheaper depth to be had if the Bucs can live with it.
Johnthan Banks TB CB $1,503,829 Trade/Cut: $654,331 ($849,49 savings) The former 2nd round pick is entering a contract year, but can barely find the field thus far this preseason. He's got room to make up.
Dee Milliner NYJ CB $4,028,424 Trade: $3,35,3424 dead cap ($675k savings)
Cut: $4,028,424 dead cap ($0 savings)
He's been awful, but it's hard to imagine the Jets letting him walk with nothing to be saved financially.
Manti Te'o SD ILB $1,645,770 Trade/Cut: $535,440 dead cap ($1,110,330 savings) He's been inconsistent and injury prone through 3 seasons in SD, and the Chargers have drafted depth behind him each year since.
Stephen Paea WAS DE $4,653,125 Trade/Cut: $1.25M 2016 dead cap ($3,403,125 savings); $2.5M 2017 dead cap He's been seeing action in the 4th quarter this preseason - never a good sign for a veteran with a $4.6M cap hit.
Perry Riley WAS ILB $5,049,804 Trade/Cut: $1,049,804 dead cap ($4M savings) He's a solid linebacker, but might not be worth the $5M cap hit at this point. Restructure might be in the cards.
Bruce Gaston SD DE $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600k savings) Darius Philon appears to be a nice replacement for Kendall Reyes and should push others down the chart.
Tourek Williams SD OLB $702,515 Trade/Cut: $27,515 dead cap ($675,000 savings) Hasn't been the same since battling injuries and will likely be replaced by a player from the waiver wire once that heats up.
Jonathan Meeks BUF S $600,000 Trade/Cut: $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) He joins Duke Williams on this list as the two appear to be battling with Colt Anderson for a spot at this point.
Datone Jones GB OLB $2,455,280 Trade/Cut: $1,455,280 dead cap ($1M savings) He's been a disappointment, and the Packers have already declined his 5th year option for 2017, but it would still be surprising to see him released this offseason.
 
Special Teams
Player Team Pos. 2016 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Britton Colquitt DEN P $4,000,000 Trade/Cut: $750k dead cap ($3.25M savings) Denver drafted Riley Dixon late this past May, who comes with a cap hit $3.5M+ less than Colquitt.
Josh Brown NYG K $1,750,000 Trade/Cut:
$775,000 2016 dead cap ($975k savings); $250,000 2017 dead cap
Brown has been suspended a game for a 2015 domestic violence incident, but reports say it's worse than that. The Giants might cut ties to remove themselves from the mess now.
Jordan Gay BUF K $600,000 $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) The BIlls appear to be trying to test Gay as their all-purpose K, but the inverse might be the result, with Dan Carpenter set to take back the reigns.
Cody Parkey PHI K $600,000 $0 dead cap ($600,000 savings) Caleb Sturgis appears poised to win the job this summer.
Tim Masthay GB P $1,540,000 Trade/Cut: $340,000 dead cap ($1.2M savings) The Packers signed UDFA Peter Mortell to compete for the job. It's a longshot, but it would save them $750,000 in cap.



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