NFL Summer Roster Bubbles

NFL Summer Roster Bubbles

We've identified players from each NFL team who may be trending toward the 2019 final roster bubble, based on positional competitions, performance vs. compensation, & dead cap structure. The list below shows the individual financial implications to trade or release each player based on various bonus dates some may have. We'll continue to update this list as new reports emerge. Did we miss someone? Send suggestions to @spotrac.

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PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Tyler Bray CHI QB $666,400 Release/Trade
$21,400 ($645,000 savings)
Trubisky & backup Chase Daniel are fully guaranteed in 2019, meaning Bray will only stick if the Bears opt to keep 3 QBs.
Jeff Driskel CIN QB $720,000 Release/Trade
$0 ($720,000 savings)
With Dalton locked in for another year, and Ryan Finley taken in the 4th round, it stands to reason Driskel will be on the outside looking in.
Kevin Hogan DEN QB $1,290,000 Release/Trade
$300,000 ($990,000 savings)
Flacco takes the reigns with Drew Lock likely to step into QB2 immediately. Hogan has a $90,000 bonus that kicks in Week 1.
DeShone Kizer GB QB $914,856 Release/Trade
$0 ($914,856 savings)
Kizer showed VERY little in 3 2018 appearances, but GB did nothing to improve their backup QB position this spring. It's possible they push to upgrade this summer still.
Chad Kelly IND QB $570,000 Release/Trade
$0 ($570,000 savings)
Kelly's a camp body until he's not.
Cardale Jones LAC QB $645,000 Release/Trade
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Jones appears to be a viable backup, but his role was usurped this spring with the signing former Bills' teammate Tyrod Taylor.
Kyle Lauletta NYG QB $746,924 Release/Trade
$176,924 ($570,000 savings), $353,848 of 2020 dead cap
The Giants still appear to have plenty of moving parts on their roster heading into the summer. Daniel Jones likely means the end for Lauletta.
Eli Manning NYG QB $23,200,000 Release/Trade
$11.2M ($12M savings)
Crazier things have happened. If Daniel Jones progresses quickly in summer workouts, the smartest, best, right thing to do might be to move on from Eli before the start of the season, rather than have him stand with a clipboard to finish his career. $12M of cap & cash saved helps as well.
Trevor Siemian NYJ QB $2,000,000 Release
$1M ($1M savings)

$750,000 ($1.25M savings)
The Jets added both Davis Webb & Luke Falk as younger pieces to compete for the backup role behind Darnold. It's perfectly possible one of them wins out, forcing Siemian off the roster with $1M saved.
Nathan Peterman OAK QB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000)
I mean enough is enough right?
Nate Sudfeld PHI QB $3,095,000 Trade
$0 ($3.095M savings)
A 2nd-round tender means PHI really likes him, and it's vital to have a solid backup for Wentz right now, but the Eagles have been known to use pieces like Sudfeld as intelligent trade bait in recent history.
Cody Kessler PHI QB $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Kessler appears to be the odd-man out for Philly, unless they push to trade Nate Sudfeld this summer.
Paxton Lynch SEA QB $645,000 Release/Trade
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Lynch will be fighting for the backup role with Geno Smith, who appears to have the early edge based on experience.
Blaine Gabbert TB QB $1,593,750 Release/Trade
$0 ($1,593,750 savings)
Gabbert & Ryan Griffin were signed to backup Winston in what could be his final year. Griffin's deal holds $450,000 guaranteed, Gabbert's contains $0 locked in.
Case Keenum WAS QB $3,500,000 Release/Trade
$0 ($3.5M savings)
Keenum was acquired for 2 late round draft picks, & holds a tenable $3.5M charge, but if Colt McCoy is healthy, it stands to reason he's the veteran Washington sticks next to Dwayne Haskins for 2019, though it's very possible all three stick around.
Running Backs
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Kenneth Dixon BAL RB $807,391 Trade/Release
$87,391 ($720,000 savings)
Adding Mark Ingram to this arsenal really tightened up the RB group, putting a player like Dixon, in his contract year, squarely on the bubble.
LeSean McCoy BUF RB $9,050,000 Trade/Release
$2,625,000 ($6.425M savings)
The Bills added Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, & 3rd rounder Devin Singletary to the mix this offseason. While all signs point to McCoy sticking, there's a lot of financial gain to be made by moving on.
Taquan Mizzell CHI RB/WR $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
The Bears have toyed with moving Mizzell to WR, but wherever falls this summer he'll be facing a bubble spot.
Duke Johnson CLE RB $3,050,000 Trade
$750,000 ($2.3M savings), $1.5M 2020 dead cap

$2.55M ($500,000 savings), $1.5M 2020 dead cap
Is the relationship too broken to be repaired? Johnson appeared all but gone a month ago, and until we hear otherwise, he remains on the summer bubble in Cleveland.
Theo Riddick DET RB $4,625,000 Trade/Release
$962,500 ($3.6M savings)
Riddick's stuck around primarily because of his pass-catching abilities, but those numbers decreased in 2018. It's possible his role is replaced by a younger/cheaper player this summer.
Taiwan Jones HOU RB $1,020,000 Trade/Release
$45,000 ($975,000 savings)
Jones was added as veteran depth behind D'Onta Foreman, but can be cut prior to the start of the season for minimal damage.
Jonathan Williams IND RB $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
He was added to the roster late in 2018 but will be fighting with a strong core of young talent ahead of him this summer.
Troymaine Pope LAC RB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
With a fullback in play, Pope is likely on the outside looking in of a strong RB core.
John Kelly LAR RB $617,072 Trade/Release
$47,072 ($570,000 savings), $94,144 2020 dead cap
The selection of Darrell Henderson this April likely closed the book on Kelly's chances to stick in LA this summer.
Paul Perkins NYG RB $783,137 Trade/Release
$63,137 ($720,000 savings)
Perkins hasn't shown much of anything in 3 seasons with the Giants. He'll enter a contract year squarely on the roster bubble.
DeAndre Washington OAK RB $787,302 Trade/Release
$67,302 ($720,00 savings)
The Raiders brought back Doug Martin in a more mentorship role, likely squeezing out room for Washington when it's all said and done.
Josh Adams PHI RB $570,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($570,000 savings)
The addition of Miles Sanders makes it certain that one of the RBs from last year will fall off this summer.
C.J. Prosise SEA RB $918,116 Trade/Release
$173,116 ($745,000 savings)
Prosise hasn't been able to get it going in 3 seasons, and now finds Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny squarely ahead of him on the roster.
Andre Ellington TB RB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Ellington adds sneaky good depth to a roster where Peyton Barber & Ronald Jones both hold question marks. But a strong summer from Jones could force Ellington off.
David Fluellen TEN RB $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Fluellen will be battling for the #3 RB role this summer, and should have a stronghold on it to begin.
Byron Marshall WAS RB $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
WAS will need all the depth it can get with AP, Guice, Chris Thompson, & Bryce Love all coming off recent injuries. If one needs to fall off, Marshall is likely the current man out.
Wide Receivers
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Kevin White ARI WR $1,478,125 Trade/Release
$400,000 ($1.07M savings)
White gets a new life in Arizona, but will have to fight for a 53-man spot this summer.
Justin Hardy ATL WR $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Hardy was brought back on a minimum deal, but could have his spot pushed by Russell Gage this summer.
Seth Roberts BAL WR $2,000,000 Trade
$300,000 ($1.7M savings)

$1M ($1M savings)
Roberts was added a few weeks before the Ravens drafted Marquise Brown & Miles Boykins in early rounds. Even with $1M guaranteed, his spot is now loosely on the bubble.
Michael Floyd BAL WR $645,000 Trade/Release:
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Floyd was added late this spring to compete for a depth role. There might be a half dozen WRs ahead of him on thr roster right now.
John Ross CIN WR $4,667,963 Trade
$2.6M ($2.02M savings), $2.6M 2020 dead cap
It's likely Ross is given one more year to come into his own in CIN, but it's also likely the Bengals have been actively trying to trade him as well. He's fully guaranteed through 2020.
Jaelen Strong CLE WR $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Strong will likely be battling with Derrick Willies for a spot in the Top 6 this summer.
Tavon Austin DAL WR $1,328,125 Trade
$0 ($1.3M savings)

$500,000 ($800,000 savings)
Austin was brought back early in free agency, but his role may have been usurped with the addition of Randall Cobb a few days later. It's possible both are kept, but maybe unlikely.
Tommylee Lewis DET WR $920,000 Trade/Release
$50,000 ($870,000 savings)
Lewis' fate came into question with the late addition of Jermaine Kearse
Trevor Davis GB WR $776,794 Trade/Release
$56,794 ($720,000 savings)
Davis is more of a special teamer than a wideout right now, and that may hold enough value to keep around. But there's stiff competiion at the WR position this summer.
Chester Rogers IND WR $3,095,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($3.095M savings)
This would be a bit of a surprise, but it stands to reason that Rogers' role will be reduced in 2019 with the additions of Devin Funchess & Parris Campbell.
Terrelle Pryor JAX WR $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Pryor was a late addition to the Jaguars WR group, and finds 4-5 players ahead of him on the depth chart already.
Laquon Treadwell MIN WR $3,161,132 Trade
$1,356,362 ($1.8M savings)

$2,506,362 ($654,770 savings)
The Treadwell era in Minnesota is coming at some point, and recent moves to free up a bit of cap space could mean his release comes this summer. A trade would be better financially, but might be unlikely.
Dontrelle Inman NE WR $1,368,750 Trade/Release
$300,000 ($1M savings)
Maurice Harris is a younger, slightly cheaper option for NE and should win out this battle in the end.
Demaryius Thomas NE WR $2,906,000 Trade/Release
$150,00 ($2.756M savings)
Thomas needs a big camp to lock in his spot, especially with the additional of N'Keal Harry this April. He might start the year on the PUP list as well.
Cameron Meredith NO WR $4,150,000 Trade/Release
$2.75M ($1.4M savings)
Meredith took a pay cut already to remain on the roster through the spring, but he'll still need to show up and beat out a few kids this summer to remain into the fall.
Rishard Matthews NO WR $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Matthews was signed after a strong spring workout, but he's competing against youngsters Austin Carr & Keith Kirkwood, who have experience from last year on their side.
Cody Latimer NYG WR $1,410,000 Trade/Release
$400,000 ($1.01M savings)
Latimer and Coleman might be battling each other for a roster spot this summer. Coleman costs half as much as Latimer.
Corey Coleman NYG WR $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Coleman had a decent showing to finish off 2018 in NY, and is likely penciled into a spot for now. But his lack of financialy stability could force him off should another name or two step up this summer.
Deonte Thompson NYJ WR $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
A late addition to big arsenal, Thompson has shown flashes in Buffalo & Dallas of being a quality downfield threat.
Ryan Grant OAK WR $1,250,000 Trade/Release
$100,000 ($1.1M savings)
Grant's experience could help him win a role, but UDFA Keelan Doss made a big push this spring, & Dwayne Harris has special teams on his side.
Charles Johnson PHI WR $770,000 Trade/Relase
$25,000 ($745,000 savings)
Johnson likely sees a half dozen receivers ahead of him on the roster to start camp.
Mack Hollins PHI WR $803,917 Trade/Release
$158,917 ($645,000 savings), $158,917 2020 dead cap
Injured in 2018, Hollins will need to round back into form to earn a role amidst a huge group of WRs heading to Eagles camp.
Amara Darboh SEA WR $844,572 Trade/Release
$176,572 ($668,000 savings), $176,572 2020 dead cap
He's on a soft bubble right now as the expectation is that recenly added rookies will surpass him on the depth chart this summer.
Jordan Matthews SF WR $1,706,250 Trade/Release
$300,000 ($1.4M savings)
Matthews' currently projects to be in the Week 1 starting lineup, but he'll need to cement that role in the preseason. SF has a group of young WRs they'd like to keep around if possible.
Bobo Wilson TB WR $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Wilson might enter the summer as the 6th WR on the depth chart, but UDFA Anthony Johnson has a legitimate chance to beat him out.
Tajae Sharpe TEN WR $2,093,721 Trade/Release
$68,721 ($2.025M savings)
Sharpe's advanced analytics work heavily against him. His lack of special teams abilities don't help either.
Tight Ends
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Logan Paulsen ATL TE $735,000

$90,000 ($645,000 savings)

With Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker, & Eric Saubert ahead of him, Paulsen faces an uphill climb to lock in a final roster spot
Jason Croom BUF TE $572,000 Trade/Releae
$2,000 ($570,000 savings)
Croom is an adequate depth option, but the Bills added Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith, Dawson Knox, & Tommy Sweeney this spring. Kroft's injury may temporarily delay his exit.
Seth Devalve CLE TE $815,849 Trade/Release
$95,948 ($720,000 savings)
If the Browns decide to keep 4 TEs (unlikely), Devalve's role should be secure. Otherwise he's likley beat out by a cheaper, more versatile Orson Charles this summer.
Rico Gathers DAL TE $586,668 Trade/Release
$16,668 ($570,000 savings)
Witten's return likely spells the end for Gathers in Dallas
Jerome Cunningham DET TE $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
The Lions appear to be utilizing more H-Back sets, so a player like Cunningham could stick, but he's the 4th TE on the roster for now.
Marcedes Lewis GB TE $2,100,000 Trade/Release
$500,000 ($1.6M savings)
Lewis is most likely safe, but it's worth noting that GB added Jace Sternberger in the 3rd round, and signed back Robert Tonyan as well.
Darren Fells HOU TE $1,500,000 Trade/Release
$100,000 ($1.4M savings)
Fells was brought in to cover for the released Ryan Griffin, but Houston loaded up on young TEs in and after the draft as well. He's the most expensive of the lot.
Gabe Holmes IND TE $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Indy has seven TEs under contract, and Holmes appears to be at the tail end of the roster.
Ben Koyack JAC TE $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Koyack's spot could hinge on the Jags decision to keep 4 or 5 running backs (without having a traditional fullback on the roster).
Blake Bell KC TE $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Reports claim the Chiefs are prepared to backup Travis Kelce with two youngsters in Deon Yelder & John Lovett. Both are strong blocking TEs & good athletes.
Neal Sterling KC TE $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Sterling was a late addition after being released from the Jets, and will face an uphill battle to secure a spot.
Clive Walford MIA TE $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Walford signed a minimum contract with Miami this March, but will have a limited role if any in 2019.
Scott Simonson NYG TE $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Simonson will be pushed by UDFA CJ Conrad, who showed strongly this spring.
Erik Swoope OAK TE $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Swoope has bounced around as a depth TE, but the Raiders have three solid TEs already locked into the roster.
Will Tye PHI TE $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Tye will be vying for Richard Rodgers' role this summer, but it's unlikely he wins out.
Ed Dickson SEA TE $4,416,666 Trade/Release
$866,666 ($3.55M savings), $866,666 2020 dead cap
Dickson caught 12 passes in 10 games in SEA last season, and his $4.4M cap figure might be too rich to stick.
Garrett Celek SF TE $2,703,125 Trade/Release
$625,000 ($2.07M savings)
Celek is recovering from back surgery and could have trouble finding the field again at all, let alone in 2019.
Jordan Leggett TB TE $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
In Brate, Howard, & Antony Auclair, TB has one of the better TE groups in football (when healthy).
Offensive Linemen
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Adam Gettis ATL OC $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Atlanta rebuilt this offensive line in a rash attempt to regain footing in 2019, but not all will stick.
John Wetzel ATL OG $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Atlanta rebuilt this offensive line in a rash attempt to regain footing in 2019, but not all will stick.
Alex Lewis BAL OG $2,147,975 Trade/Release
$122,975 ($2.025M savings)
Lewis' lack of versatility and injury history make him a bubble candidate prior to camp.
Vladimir Ducasse BUF OG $2,083,334 Trade/Release
$83,334 ($2M savings)
Ducasse has been a viable lineman for the Bills the past two seasons, but may be squeezed out of a spot in 2019.
Russell Bodine BUF OC $2,806,244 Trade/Release
$500,000 ($2.3M savings)
Bodine was brought in last year to cover for the sudden retirement of Eric Wood. Mitch Morse should force him off the roster in 2019.
Christian Westerman CIN OG $777,924 Trade/Release
$57,924 ($720,000 savings)
The Bengals added experience across the board to their OL, likely pushing Westerman, who's entering a contract year in 2019, off the roster.
Bryan Witzmann CLE OG $920,000 Trade/Release
$175,000 ($745,000 savings)
Cleveland added Drew Forbes in the 6th round this April, who should be able to beat out Witzmann for a role as a depth Guard.
Xavier Su'a-Filo DAL OG $830,000 Trade/Release
$25,000 ($815,000 savings)
Su'a-Filo appears to be the last veteran in line before a few notable rookies. All it takes is one to jump him this summer.
Kenny Wiggins DET OG $3,125,000 Trade/Release
$375,000 ($2.75M savings)
Wiggins isn't squarely on the bubble, but it seems possible he loses a camp battle to a younger/cheaper option this summer.
Luke Bowanko DET OC $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Bowanko offers littler versatility, which will be needed to stick on in a depth role.
Matt Kalil HOU OT $7,500,000 Trade/Release
$2.25M ($5.25M savings)
A healthy Kalil certainly makes this OL better, but HOU has yet to determine if he's worth the risk in 2019. He'll remain on the bubble with $5.25M to be saved if he's released.
Josh Andrews IND OG $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Andrews will by vying for the final depth spot on the OL with J'Marcus Webb, who holds a slight edge currently.
Forrest Lamp LAC OG $1,818,251 Trade/Release
$747,167 ($1.07M savings), $747,167 2020 dead cap
Lamp might wind up a starter, or on the outside looking in. It's a huge summer for the former 2nd round pick.
Jordan Devey OAK OG $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Devey will be competing with UDFA Lester Cotton for the final depth piece to Oakland's OL.
Evan Smith TB OC $2,000,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($2M savings)
Smith's recovering from double hip surgery, and will be battling former Cardinals OL Earl Watford for a spot on the roster.
Hroniss Grasu TEN OC $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
There just appears to be too much young depth signed to the Titans roster to consider keeping him.
Ereck Flowers WAS OT $3,203,125 Trade
$1M ($2.2M savings)

$1.5M ($1.7M savings)
The Redskins took a flier on him in March, but he's had a rough spring to say the least. He'll need to outright steal a spot this summer.
Defensive Linemen
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Robert Nkemdiche ARI DE $2,736,555 Trade
$1.1M ($1.6M savings)

Release prior to Training Camp
$2.2M ($500,000 savings)

Release after Training Camp
$2.7M ($0 savings)
Nkemdiche's future was already in trouble for his on-field performance, but a recent arrest really puts the spotlight on his role in 2019. He has a $400,000 roster bonus due the 5th day of training camp.
Eli Harold BUF DE $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Harold will be competing with Eddie Yarbrough & Darryl Johnson for the 4th DE spot this summer. All are considered bubble players entering camp.
Kyle Peko BUF DT $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
The Bills have major bucks invested into Star Lotulelei, Ed Oliver, & better options in Jordan & Harrison Phillips after that.
Vernon Butler CAR DT $2,671,618 Trade
$1M ($1.6M savings)

$2.67M ($0 savings)
The Panthers declined Butler's 5th-year option, making 2019 a clear make or break situation. It's possible they explore a trade this offseason, and look to shake things up a bit on their DL.
Nick Williams CHI DT $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Williams is a solid veteran depth player, but barely found the field in 2018. A crowded group this summer could squeeze him out.
Jordan Willis CIN DE $980,850 Trade/Release
$226,100 ($754,570 savings), $226,100 2020 dead cap
A 3rd round pick in 2017, Willis has yet to surface as a legitimate option for the Bengals DL.
Anthony Zettel CLE DE $720,0000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Zettel will likely face a camp battle with Genard Avery, who has an edge because of versatility.
Carl Davis CLE DT $2,000,000 Trade/Release
$400,000 ($1.6M savings)
Despite a $400,000 signing bonus this spring, Davis' spot will be pushed by Daniel Ekuale, who's been seeing more reps this summer thus far.
DeMarcus Walker DEN DE $1,383,780 Trade/Release
$457,520 ($926,260 savings), $457,520 2020 dead cap
Walker will be battling with Billy Winn for the final spot on the Broncos D-Line this summer. His release would clear almost $1M in 2019.
Joel Heath HOU DT $998,125 Trade/Release
$0 ($998,125 savings)
The oft-injured undrafted free agent from 2016 has shown he can compete, but may be passed over in 2019 for fresh blood.
Dawuane Smoot JAX DE $1,053,540 Trade/Release
$241,040 ($812,500 savings), $241,040 2020 dead cap
Smoots lack of versatility likely puts him to the rear of the DL depth chart. With guaranteed money now expired on his contract, he'll face a bubble spot this summer.
T.Y. McGill LAC DT $805,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($805,000 savings)
McGill sits behind a long line of solid veterans in front of him. He'll be fighting for the last spot this summer.
John Jenkins NYG DE $685,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($685,000 savings)
The Giants spent much of their offseason addressing the DL. Jenkins will be fighting to win a depth spot at best.
Eddie Vanderdoes OAK DT $869,303 Trade/Release
$190,303 ($679,000 savings), $190,303 2020 dead cap
Vanderdoes was injured in 2018, so he'll be competing to regain his role on a new-look Raiders roster.
Nazair Jones SEA DT $844,572 Trade/Release
$176,572 ($668,000 savings) $176,572 2020 dead cap
2 years ago Jones was a lock to be kept around. But a tough 2018 now has his role in question.
Sheldon Day SF DT $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
Too much depth in front of him at this point.
Rakeem Nunez-Roches TB DT $735,000 Trade
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)

$240,000 ($495,000 savings)
Nunez-Roches falls victim to needs elsewhere, as he likely makes the 53-man roster on many other teams. His $240,000 guaranteed could factor into the decision though.
Marcus Smith WAS DE $805,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($805,000 savings)
The Redskins D-Line is all but set at this point.
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Tim Williams BAL OLB $904,170 Trade/Release
$214,170 ($690,000 savings) $214,170 2020 dead cap
Williams finished off 2018 as a healthy scratch. Toss in the additions of Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray & he faces a battle to stick.
D.J. Alexander JAX ILB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Alexander will likely give way to Ramik Wilson this summer who should join Najee Goode as depth pieces in the middle of the Jags defense.
Jeremiah Attaochu KC OLB $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
The final LB spot on the roster will probably come down to special teams, where Ben Niemann currently holds an edge.
Elandon Roberts NE ILB $2,050,089 Trade/Release
$25,089 ($2.025M savings)
Without special teams experience on his resume, Roberts might have a tough time sticking this summer.
Jonathan Anderson NYG ILB $720,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($720,000 savings)
The GIants already stand to keep 5 ILBs on their final roster. Even that seems a stretch...
Paul Worrilow PHI OLB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
LJ Fort & Zach Brown should both be ahead of Worrilow by the end of camp, putting his spot on a 53 in danger.
Marquis Flowers WAS OLB $805,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($805,000 savings)
The addition of Montez Sweat shored up the edge for Washington this year.
Defensive Backs
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Justin Bethel BAL CB $2,000,000 Trade/Release
$500,000 ($1.5M savings), $500,000 2020 dead cap
Bethel was one of the Ravens first signings this March, but his contract comes with a lack of stability. He'll be competing with a few youngsters for a depth CB role.
Ross Cockrell CAR CB $3,600,000 Trade/Release
$1.2M ($2.4M savings)
Cockrell is trying to retun from a nasty leg injury, so his future is very much in question, especially with a $3.6M cap figure in 2019.
Lenzy Pipkins CLE CB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Pipkins stands to be a depth nickel corner heading into camp, which leaves his roster spot squarely on the bubble.
Phillip Gaines CLE CB $645,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($645,000 savings)
Gaines has versatility, so his release would be a bit surprising, but the Browns are safety heavy heading into the summer, which could remove a CB spot from the final roster.
George Iloka DAL FS $735,000 Trade
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)

$300,000 ($435,000 savings)
Iloka locked in $300,000 guaranteed, so it would be a little surprising to see him outright released this summer. His spot could hinge on how many CBs the Cowboys decided to keep (which could be 6)
Su'a Cravens DEN S $852,815 Trade/Release
$0 ($852,815 savings)
Cravens was a healthy scratch to finish out 2018, so he faces a major uphill battle to win a role in 2019.
Marcus Cooper DET CB $735,000 Trade/Release
$90,000 ($645,000 savings)
Detroit's secondary is pretty set in stone, so it'll take an impactful summer for a player like Cooper to crack the lineup.
Josh Jones GB SS $1,154,567 Trade/Release
$304,711 ($849,856 savings), $304,711 2020 dead cap
Jones is a perfectly solid depth safety for the Packers, at a perfectly doable price. But he sees himself as a starter, and has been pressing for a trade out of GB all spring.
Ken Crawley NO CB $2,025,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($2.025M savings)
Crawley's production fell off mightily in 2018, and he was eventually replaced by Eli Apple. It seems a longshot he sticks in 2019 at $2M+.
Artie Burns PIT CB $3,051,678 Pre-Camp Release
$1,293,817 ($1.75M savings)
Burns is owed an $800,000 roster bonus on the 2nd day of training camp, so a decision is coming soon.
Jamar Taylor SEA CB $735,000 Trade/Release
$25,000 ($710,000 savings)
Seattle will likely push to keep an extra safety, putting Taylor's roster spot in danger.
Antone Exum SF FS $735,000 Trade/Release
$50,000 ($685,000 savings)
The Niners are more likely to keep an extra CB, with the versatility to play safety, than a more singular player such as Exum this summer.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie WAS CB $690,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($690,000 savings)
DRC will battle for a spot, but it's tough to see him stealing one at this point in time.
Special Teams
PlayerTeamPos.2019 CapDead Cap DetailsThoughts
Greg Joseph CLE K $570,000 Trade/Release
$0 ($570,000 savings)
Joseph actually might become a trade candidate this summer (thinking you Chicago), as he's been more than adequate in his role, but simply can't stick after the Browns selected Austin Seibert with a 5th round pick.
Mason Crosby GB K $4,850,000 Trade/Release
$1.25M ($3.6M savings)
Sam Ficken was added to the roster this spring to compete with the much more expensive Crosby this summer.
Kevin McDermott MIN LS $960,000 Trade/Release
$200,000 ($760,000 savings)
The Vikings drafted Austin Cutting in the 7th round this spring, which likely puts a nail in McDermott's stay.
Ryan Allen NE P $1,500,000 Trade/Release
$100,000 ($1.4M savings)
The Patriots traded up in the 5th round to select Jake Bailey this spring, putting Ryan Allen on full notice.
Chris Boswell PIT K $4,200,000 Trade/Release
$1.2M ($3M savings), $3.6M 2020 dead cap
Boswell is owed a $2M roster bonus right before Week 1, so the Steelers have some time to figure out if they can/should move on. The 2020 dead cap isn't ideal though.
Robbie Gould SF K $4,971,000 Trade
$0 ($4.971M savings)
The Niners have until July 15th to lock in Gould to a long-term deal. It seems highly likely that he's traded at some point this summer.
Cairo Santos TB K $1,000,000 Trade/Release
$195,000 ($805,000 savings)
Santos will battle with Matt Gay this summer for the kicking spot. It's a total toss up.