The Players Who Will Be Cut in the Coming Days


Release season is officially upon us. In the past couple of weeks, teams have begun cutting players in preparation for the 2014 season.  In some cases these moves are made out of necessity (all teams must be under the cap by the start of the league year on March 11th).  In other cases, teams are simply making smart football decisions in order to create cap space before the start of free agency (which also begins on March 11th). In the next two weeks, many more guys will be cut loose.  Below, I break down who will be the next to go…



NameTeam2014 Cap NumberDead MoneyCap Savings
Mark SanchezNYJ$13,100,000$4,800,000$8,300,000
Antonio CromartieNYJ$14,980,000$5,480,000$9,500,000
Santonio HolmesNYJ$10,750,000$2,500,000$8,250,000
Julius PeppersCHI$18,183,333$8,366,668$9,816,665
Miles AustinDAL$8,249,400$7,855,600$393,800

While it’s possible that a player on this list ends up playing for their listed team at the start of 2014, it’s virtually impossible that any of them will be doing so under their current cap number.  And I’m not talking about a simple restructure—these guys will all be cut unless they’re willing to take a pay cut (if they’re even given that option). Note: Notice that Miles Austin will only generate $393,800 in cap savings. But due to Dallas’ awful cap situation and Austin’s lack of production the past few seasons, he’s still a virtual lock to be cut.  The Cowboys will likely designate him as a June 1st cut, and his increased cap savings will be used to help Dallas sign their rookie class.    


NameTeam2014 Cap NumberDead MoneyCap Savings
Matt SchaubHOU$14,125,000$10,500,000$3,625,000
Chris JohnsonTEN$10,000,000$4,000,000$6,000,000
DeMarcus WareDAL$16,007,503$8,571,500$7,432,250
Levi BrownPIT$6,250,000$0$6,250,000
Carlos RogersSF$8,094,531$2,989,063$5,105,468
Jason AvantPHI$3,960,000$710,000$3,250,000
Dimitri PattersonMIA$5,400,000$0$5,400,000
Kevin KolbBUF$3,600,000$500,000$3,100,000
Adam CarrikerWAS$6,510,416$3,520,834$2,989,582
Chris ClemonsSEA$9,666,668$2,166,668$7,500,000
Zach MillerSEA$7,000,000$2,000,000$5,000,000
Osi UmenyioraATL$4,750,000$1,250,000$3,500,000
Cortland FinneganSTL$10,000,000$6,000,000$4,000,000
Chris SneeNYG$11,300,000$4,500,000$6,800,000

Most guys on this list (and possibly even all of them) will be with a new team at the start of 2014.  Some of them (like Chris Snee & DeMarcus Ware) may agree to pay cuts in order to stay with their respective teams. But in each of case here, it’s highly unlikely that a player will play the 2014 season under his current cap number. Note: I listed Matt Schaub here as opposed to the first section because of the catastrophic dead money hit he’d cost Houston.  However, they’ll almost certainly cut him loose (probably with a June 1st designation).    

50/50 (OR BETTER)

NameTeam2014 Cap NumberDead MoneyCap Savings
Troy PolamaluPIT$10,887,500$2,637,500$8,250,000
Heath MillerPIT$9,466,500$3,446,500$6,020,000
Earl BennettCHI$2,450,000$0$2,450,000
Letroy GuionMIN$4,300,000$300,000$4,000,000
DeMeco RyansPHI$6,900,000$0$6,900,000
Brent CelekPHI$4,075,000$0$4,075,000
Tramon WilliamsGB$9,500,000$2,000,000$7,500,000
Eddie RoyalSD$6,000,000$1,500,000$4,500,000

With these guys, it’s at least a possibility that they’ll play with their current teams under their current 2014 cap number. But given the cap situation of each player/teams listed here, cutting the guys on this list or renegotiating their deals would be the smart move. 

Andrew Cohen