Potential Roster Cuts as Training Camp Nears




Potential Roster Cuts as Training Camp Nears
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As 2017 NFL Training Camps near, 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.

Quarterbacks
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)

Release:
$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.
Tyler Bray KC $1,318,750 Trade/Release:
$35,000 ($1,283,750 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:
$115,000 ($900,000 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:
$225,000 ($862,500 savings)

Release:
$325,000 ($762,500 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.
Matt McGloin PHI $640,000 Trade/Release:
$25,000 ($615,000 savings)
McGloin has the 3rd QB spot locked down, it's simply a matter of will the Eagles choose to keep 3?
 
Running Backs
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Jeremy Hill CIN $1,194,328 Trade/Release:
$312,473 ($881,855 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.
Shaun Draughn NYG $1,000,000 Release/Trade:
$125,000 ($875,000 savings)
The Giants' decision to restructure/keep Shane Vereen likely means Draughn will be forced out by the end of summer.
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 Trade/Release:
$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 Trade/Release:
$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 Trade/Release:
$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. His spot may be safe if he can convert to a much needed FB for the Ravens.
Cedric Peerman CIN $1,087,500 Trade/Release:
$150,000 ($937,500 savings)
The selection of Joe Mixon puts Peerman's spot in jeopardy. Especially with minimal dead cap.
 Akeem Hunt HOU $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
D'Onta Foreman's legal issues could mean the Texans keep an extra RB body on the final 53, just in case.
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 Trade/Release:
$159,854 ($629,000 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:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
See Dion Lewis.
Andre Ellington ARI $905,000 Trade/Release:
$105,000 ($800,000 savings)
Arizona has tried to move Ellington around to find better value, but he may just be the odd man out by the end of it.
Cameron Artis-Payne CAR $656,563 Trade/Release:
$41,563 ($615,000 savings), $41,563 2018 dead cap
The addition of Christian McCaffery leaves Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker on the bubble this summer, with the latter holding a slight edge due to S/T ability.
Matt Asiata DET $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
Asiata's role will remain safe until the 3-4 RBs ahead of him on the depth chart prove to be 100%.
Bishop Sankey MIN $690,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($690,000 savings)
Murray, Cook, and McKinnon are locked into the top of the RB depth chart, leaving Sankey as a camp body.
Taiwan Jones OAK $1,150,000 Trade/Release:
$50,000 ($1.1M savings)
The return of Marshawn Lynch combined with a $1M+ cap hit should mean trouble for Jones.
Carlos Hyde SF $1,171,443 Trade/Release
$349,396 ($822,047 savings)
The new regime is looking to rebuild from the ground up, which could mean the unstable Hyde finds work elsewhere this summer. He's tradable.
 
Wide Receivers
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Jarius Wright MIN $3,160,000 Trade/Release:
$660,000 ($2.5M 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 $2.5M 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 Trade/Release:
$10,000 ($615,000 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 Trade/Release:
$60,953 ($615,000 savings), $60,953 2018 dead cap
The selection of Dede Westbrook should put Greene's spot on notice
Darrius Heyward-Bey PIT $1,333,333 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.
Sammie Coates PIT $797,878 Trade/Release:
$182,878 ($615,000 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.
Aaron Dobson ARI $690,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($690,000 savings)
The Cardinals have a few options to fill the #3/#4 WR slots this summer. Dobson will need to earn one.
Michael Campanaro BAL $1,012,500 Trade/Release:
$250,000 ($762,500 savings)
There are now 4 WRs solidly ahead of Campanaro on the depth chart. Should the youth below him catch up the Ravens will opt to save cap here.
Brenton Bersin CAR $690,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($690,000 savings)
injuries and a lack of production/playing time leave Bersin's future in peril.
Marlon Brown DEN $690,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($690,000 savings)
Just simply too much depth above and below.
Phillip Dorsett IND $2,218,749 Release:
$2,218,749 ($0 savings), $1,044,167 2018 dead cap

Trade:
$1,044,166 ($1,174,583 savings), $1,044,167 2018 dead cap
Keeping Dorsett off the roster would be a football move only, as the business side of it works against the Colts. But a strong camp from a young WR could push this move.
Bruce Ellington SF $808,607 Trade/Release:
$118,607 ($690,000 savings)
Ellington may be in a camp battle width Aldrick Robinson for the final WR spot this summer.
Jermaine Kearse SEA $4,033,333 Trade/Release:
$1,833,333 ($2.2M savings), $1,833,333 2018 dead cap
Kearse fell out of favor in 2016 and will certainly be fighting to move back up the depth chart this summer. His contract favors him staying another year.
Brian Quick WAS $695,000 Trade/Release:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
The veteran has a chance to latch on has a backup, but had a poor spring session with Washington.
 
Tight Ends
Player Team 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Ed Dickson CAR $2,716,668 Trade/Release:
$766,668 ($1.95M savings)
Simply not enough targets or production to warrant a nearly $3M cap figure next year.
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.
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 Trade:
$1,500,000 chi($2,662,500 savings), $4.2M 2018 dead cap

Release:
$3,600,000 ($562,500 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 Trade/Release:
$583,333 ($1.35M 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 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:
$25,000 ($1M 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.
John Phillips NO $695,000 Trade/Release:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
The Saints have a good group of TEs currently on the roster, which should make for strong camp battles and possible depth changes.
Blake Bell SF $741,283 Trade/Release:
$126,283 ($615,000 savings), $126,283 2018 dead cap
The Niners appear poised to revamp the TE with recent draft picks and free agent signings, leaving Bell and likely Vance McDonald off the final 53.
Jace Amaro TEN $1,005,408 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1,005,408 savings)
Amaro will likely be battling Jonnu Smith for the final TE spot.
 
Offensive Linemen
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Donald Stephenson DEN OT $5,000,000 Trade/Release:
$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 Trade/Release:
$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.
Michael Ola BUF OT $690,000 Trade/Release:
$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 Trade/Release:
$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.
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.
Josh Wells JAC OT $715,000 Trade/Release:
$37,500 ($677,500 savings), $37,500 2018 dead cap
Wells will likely be competing with Earl Watford for the final depth spot on the O-Line.
LaAdrian Waddle NE OT $1,125,000

Trade/Release:

$300,000 ($825,000 savings)

The Patriots drafted depth on the O-line that should push a veteran or two off the roster.
James Ferentz NE OC $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
The Patriots drafted depth on the O-line that should push a veteran or two off the roster.
Josh LeRibeus NO OC $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
The Saints O-Line will be in a bit of flux this summer until Terron Armstead's status is confirmed.
Adam Gettis NYG OG $775,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($775,000 savings)
Gettis is likely battling D.J. Fluker for the final depth spot. With Fluker having more versatility, he gets the early edge.
Austin Howard OAK OT $6,400,000 Trade/Release:
$1.5M ($4.9M savings), $1.4M 2018 dead cap
An extension to Gabe Jackson and the signing of Marshall Newhouse may have put Howard's future with the Raiders in question, especially given the cap savings.
Allen Barbre PHI OL $2,250,000 Trade/Release:
$200,000 ($2.05M savings)
The Eagles are trying to move Barbre to guard to compete for the right-side spot. It may be a last ditch effort to find value in him.
Matt Tobin PHI OG $900,000 Trade/Release:
$50,000 ($850,000)
Tobin and Dallas Thomas have been pushed down the OL depth chart this spring and will have a tough time finding a role.
 
Defensive Linemen
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Pat Sims CIN DT $1,075,000 Trade/Release:
$75,000 ($1M savings)
Younger and cheaper options could push the $1M Sims from the final roster.
Brandon Thompson CIN DT $805,000

Trade/Release:
$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:
$25,000 ($615,000 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 underakrofteved 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:
$150,000 ($950,000 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 Trade/Release:
$366,666 ($3.05M 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.
Ed Stinson ARI DE $736,685 Trade/Release:
$46,685 ($690,000 savings)
The former linebacker will need to earn a spot on the d-line this summer.
Desmond Bryant CLE DE $4,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1M ($3M savings)
The 32-year old missed 2016 with a pec injury, and has a ton of youth to hold off this summer.
Margus Hunt IND DE $2,068,750 Trade/Release:
$500,000 ($1,568,750 savings)
Hunt will likely be competing with Ty McGill ($615,000) this summer for the final depth spot. He has work to do with a $2M+ cap.
Shamar Stephen MIN DT $1,813,287 Trade/Release:
$16,287 ($1.797M savings)
Stephen's roster spot likely hangs on the health of Shariff Floyd, who could open up a need should he hit a reserve roster.
Kerry Wynn NYG DE $1,797,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($1.797M savings)
Wynn's roster spot relies on how the Giants approach their depth needs this summer, and could opt for a pass rushing linemen here.
Mike Pennel NYJ DE $911,875 Trade/Release:
$50,000 ($861,875 savings)
Pennel's future hangs on the Jets handling of Sheldon Richardson over the next few months. As many are still not convinced he remains with the team.
Cornellius Carradine SF DE $1,978,125 Trade:
$675,000 ($1.3M savings)

Release:
$1.675M ($300,125 savings)
The selection of Solomon Thomas and signing of Elvis Dumervil have Tank's roster spot in question, but dead cap may be on his side.
Phil Taylor WAS DE $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000)
The Redskins will likely favor their DL depth toward the interior, leaving Taylor the odd man out.
David Parry IND DT $670,002 Trade/Release:
$55,002 ($615,000 savings), $55,002 2018 dead cap
Struggled across his first two seasons and had an off-the-field incident this past winter.
   
Linebackers
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
J.T. Thomas NYG OLB $4,000,000 Trade/Release:
$1.375M ($2.625M 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.
Koa Misi MIA OLB $6,535,500 Trade/Release:
$2,360,500 ($4.175M 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:
$1.4M ($5.59M 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.
Mychal Kendricks PHI ILB $6,600,000 Trade:
$1.75M ($4.85M savings), $3.2M 2018 dead cap

Release:
$6.1M ($500,000 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 Trade/Release:
$206,666 ($1.15M 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 Trade/Release:
$450,000 ($1.35M 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.
Navorro Bowman SF ILB $9,591,500 Trade:
$2,654,000 ($6,937,500 savings), $5,294,000 2018 dead cap

Release:
$9,404,000 ($187,500 savings), $5,294,000 2018 dead cap
Multiple sources have now mentioned Bowman has both a trade & release candidate, who may not be back to 100% following his second major injury.
Albert McClellan BAL ILB $1,200,000 Trade/Release:
$200,000 ($1M savings)
The loss of Zach Orr leaves a void for the Ravens to fill this summer, but they still may have the depth to keep McClellan's $1.2M off the cap table.
Barkevious Mingo IND OLB $2,000,000 Trade/Release:
$500,000 ($1.5M savings)
A Day 1 free agency addition, Mingo will start camp on the end of the OLB depth chart. Still, this would be a surprising cut.
Jonathan Freeny NE ILB $1,798,333

Trade/Release:

$673,333 ($1.0625M savings), $433,333 2018 dead cap

The return of Hightower and the emergence of Elandon Roberts may push the pricier Freeny off the payroll.
Bruce Carter NYJ ILB $695,000 Trade/Release:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
The Jets generally like a veteran presence on the inside of the defense, but after releasing David Harris it's clear the goal is to get younger/cheaper now.
Marcus Smith PHI OLB $2,481,531

Trade/Release:

$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.
           
   
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)

Release:
$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.
Buster Skrine NYJ CB 8,500,000 Trade/Release:
$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 LAC 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 Trade/Release:
$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.
Adam-Pacman Jones CIN CB $7,666,666 Trade/Release:
$866,666 ($6.8M 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.
Sherrick McManis CHI CB $1,450,000 Trade/Release:
$400,000 ($1.05 savings)
The useful special teamer may simply be unseated by younger blood this summer.
Chris Lewis-Harris DEN CB $615,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($615,000 savings)
Appears to be the 6th option for a very strong CB core. If Denver decides to keep 5, he's the likely odd man out.
James Sample JAC FS $752,145 Trade/Release:
$137,145 ($615,000 savings), $137,145 2018 dead cap
Sample and Jarrod Wilson appear poised for a camp battle this summer.
Cyrus Jones NE CB $910,614 Trade/Release:
$278,491 ($632,123 savings), $556,982 2018 dead cap
The splash signing of Stephon Gilmore solidifed the top of the CB depth chart, making the former 2nd round pick expendable.
Chris Banjo NO SS $1,050,000 Trade/Release:
$200,000 ($850,000 savings), $100,000 2018 dead cap
The final secondary spots are a bit shaky, but many projections have Erik Harris taking the reigns there.
 
Special Teams
Player Team Pos. 2017 Cap Dead Cap Details Thoughts
Dustin Colquitt KC P $4,900,000 Trade/Release:
$850,000 ($4.05 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 Trade/Release:
$1.55M ($3.15M 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:
$800,000 ($3.2M 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.
Connor Barth CHI K $695,000 Trade/Release:
$80,000 ($615,000 savings)
Youngester Andy Phillips should compete for the top spot, giving the Bears a slightly cheaper option should they favor it.
Jeff Locke IND p $1,750,000 Release:
$1.25M ($500,000 savings)

Trade:
$750,000 ($1M savings)
With half of his salary + an already paid roster bonus guaranteed, undrafted rookie P Rigoberto Sanchez will really need to shine for this move to process.
Ryan Quigley MIN P $775,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($775,000)
Quigley will have to battle for this spot all camp.
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ K $900,000 Trade:
$0 ($900,000 savings)

Release:
$250,000 ($650,000 savings)
Ross Martin put on a show in OTAs and has a legitimate shot to unseat Catanzaro this summer.
Nick Folk TB K $1,750,000 Trade/Release:
$750,000 ($1M savings)
The Buccaneers surely expect Roberto Aguayo to win this job out of camp.



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