2017 Potential Cuts: Defensive End

I’ll turn my attention now to the defense with the defensive end position. If you are new to these pieces, in each article I review a position and give an opinion on some of the players who I believe are in danger of being released or traded in the offseason. Next up should be defensive tackles.

1. Mario Williams, Dolphins
Cap Saved: $8.5 million/Cash Saved: $8.5 million

When we talk about great contracts often we forget to mention Williams who has leveraged draft status and name value as well as any player ever has. Miami took a shot on Williams and hoped his problems were related to clashing with his prior coach in Buffalo, but the reality is that he is no longer the same player. Williams has basically fallen off a cliff in the last two years and has just 1.5 sacks and 9 tackles through week 16. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Defensive End »

2017 Potential Cuts: Interior O-Linemen

Today we are finishing up our look at possible cuts on offense with a focus on the interior of the offensive line. In general I think this is a position where cuts don’t happen as much because salaries are generally on the lower end, except for younger players who have recently signed and are in no danger of a release.   Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Interior O-Linemen »

Doug Martin Suspended for Four Games

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFL have announced that running back Doug Martin has been suspended for violating the leagues PED policy for the next four games. This suspension comes at a bad time for Martin who had signed a $35.75 million contract that made him the fourth highest paid back in the NFL but struggled badly this year averaging just 2.9 yards per carry before being deactivated, perhaps in part due to a pending suspension, this past weekend. Martin’s $7 million salary in 2017 was fully guaranteed and would have protected him from any release, but it is likely that the guarantee is now void which will open the door up for the Buccaneers to either release or renegotiate Martin’s contract.

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2017 Potential Cuts: Offensive Tackle

Keeping up with our look at potential cuts around the NFL we turn our attention today to the offensive tackle position, where a number of players took one year contracts with an option to hopefully cash in next season.  

1. Ryan Clady, Jets
Cap Saved: $10.5 million/Cash Saved: $10.5 million

The Jets took a chance that Clady, who was once an elite player, could shake off a few years worth of injuries and play at a high level but it never happened. Clady performed poorly with the Jets this year and then landed on IR, his third time in four years he finished the regular season on the injured list. At this point Clady will be viewed different than a Jake Long type who has the name value to carry them to another contract but an injury history that makes them a high risk. The Jets technically have an option on Clady which they clearly will not exercise, in effect cutting him and making him a free agent. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Offensive Tackle »

Looking at Tyrod Taylor, Rex Ryan, and the Buffalo Bills

It was another busy day in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills firing head coach Rex Ryan and subsequently benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in large part because of his contract. Taylor, a favorite of Ryan’s, had been rumored for some time to have fallen out of favor with the organization, who would have preferred to evaluate other players. Taylor had been on my list of likely quarterback cuts and may have been the most controversial selection on there since many in Buffalo believe he is the team’s best player. So let’s look a little closer at the Bills and Taylor’s situation. Continue reading Looking at Tyrod Taylor, Rex Ryan, and the Buffalo Bills »

2017 Potential Cuts: Tight End

1. Julius Thomas, Jaguars
Cap Saved: $4.7 million/Cash Saved: $7.1 million

This is one of the worst contracts in the NFL for a team and one that has been typical of the many problems the Jaguars have had in rebuilding via free agency. Thomas had never played in 16 games in his entire career, twice finishing with under 10 yards and once under 500 yards, when the Jaguars made the bold move to make him one of the highest paid tight ends in NFL history. Not surprisingy he has failed to reach 500 yards or 16 games in either of his years in Jacksonville. Thomas has the fifth largest cap charge and 3rd largest salary among tight ends in 2017. The one thing that might prevent his release is that the Jaguars included an additional $3 million injury guarantee for 2017 that becomes fully guaranteed five days after the Super Bowl. If Thomas is unable to pass a physical the Jaguars will owe him that money in the event he is cut at a later date. Still the team needs a complete makeover and losing $3 million is better than sinking $7 million in a bad investment. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Tight End »

2017 Potential Cuts: Wide Receiver

Our look ahead to potential cuts in 2017 turns to the wide receiver position.

1. Victor Cruz, Giants
Cap Saved: $7.5 million/Cash Saved: $7.5 million

Teams often get a reputation for being heartless when it comes to contract decisions, especially with players off injury, but the Giants have done pretty well by Cruz who has struggled with injuries over the last two years. Cruz never matched his production off his breakout 2011 season and this year has seen some of his playing time and targets be eaten up by rookies as the season as worn on. It’s possible the Giants will lean more on Cruz in the playoff stretch, but barring a miracle finish to the year it would seem likely that this is the end of his Giants career. Continue reading 2017 Potential Cuts: Wide Receiver »