Potential 2014 Salary Cap Cuts


With the season approaching it’s conclusion here is our list of players who could be in danger of being cut next year, what the estimated cap savings will be and some thoughts on each player. I will update the chart when news reports come out that change my opinion on some of the players. If you click on the column header you can sort by name, team or position to navigate the chart a bit easier.  Feel free to email me any names I may have missed or add thoughts in the comments. I’ll link this post on the right menubar for quick viewing.

Will Smith43DESaints$11,550,000Missed all of 2013 due to injury....no place for him in New Orleans next season
Sam BradfordQBRams$10,420,000Injury prone disappointing pick will be asked to renegotiate contract or be cut
Champ BaileyCBBroncos$10,000,000Legendary CB hasn't been healthy all season and about to turn 36...Broncos will likely first give option of retirment but its hard to see him back at this salary
Julius Peppers43DEBears$9,816,665One of the most overpriced players in the NFL...Bears prepared to move on
Antonio CromartieCBJets$9,500,000Play has fallen off significantly in 2013...Salary no longer in line with play or cornerback market...Could return on minimum salary deal, but not worth much more
Mark SanchezQBJets$8,300,000Injured in preseason, but Jets were looking for reasons not to start him...QB problems for team could make them keep him through camp to compete for job...Incentive laden restructure possible
Santonio HolmesWRJets$8,250,000Jets have wanted to release him since end of 2011 season...hurt for most of last two seasons...locker room cancer
Troy PolamaluSSteelers$8,250,000Former great no longer effective...undisciplined and instincts/athleticism no longer cover for it....Steelers salary cap in bad shape
Vince WilforkDTPatriots$8,000,00032 year old DT suffered Achilles injury that ended his season...Run stuffers ability doesn't justify $11.6 mil cap number...Could see being released and then offered another deal if another team won't bite
Chris Clemons43DESeahawks$7,500,000Designed to be a one year deal its not likely the situational pass rusher makes his return
Sidney RiceWRSeahawks$7,300,000Disappointing receiver never lived up to one year stats as a Viking...could look to give him major paycut
Antrell RolleSGiants$7,250,000Hard for a rebuilding team to consider holding on to high priced veteran leader...if open to reduced salary he could be back
Chris SneeGGiants$7,250,000Go to guy for Giants restructures is probably at the end of his career following injuries
Ike TaylorCBSteelers$7,000,000Soon to be 34 year old could be salary cap casulty...Could instead work out 2 to 3 year extension to lower cap costs
DeMeco RyansILBEagles$6,900,000Trade for former star LB never worked out...time to move on
David StewartRTTitans$6,400,000Titans already have great deal commited to line and have to decide to extend or cut....PFF rated as poor run blocker
Levi BrownLTSteelers$6,250,000Traded for a prayer that he didn't answer as he got injured in warmups...might not be in the NFL in 2014...always hurt
Jason Babin43DEJaguars$6,175,000Pass rusher has not been a difference maker...could declare himself a free agent to leave town
Chris JohnsonRBTitans$6,000,000Never lived up to contract and early career success...lowest YPC of career and carries $8 million salary...should have been cut last year
Davin JosephGBuccaneers$6,000,000Team has too much money invested in Guards and Joseph has been ineffective all year
Paul PoslusznyILBJaguars$5,500,000Paid high level salary ($7.5 million) with minimal results...bad signing has no place on newly rebuilt team
Marcedes LewisTEJaguas$5,450,000One of worst contract signings of last few years...One year wonder with almost no production thereafter
Dimitri PattersonCBDolphins$5,400,000Been injured most of 2013...Lower cost player would provide similar contribution
Asante SamuelCBFalcons$5,250,000Will likely earn $2 million escalator to make cap savings $7.25 million....too much money and potential bonuses to keep...cut players like this before
Carlos RogersCB49ers$5,105,468With the 49ers salary cap getting tight Rogers will be a logical candidate to release
David HarrisLBJets$5,000,000May have escalated salary in 14...If no escalation more likely for reasonable extension than cut
Roddy WhiteWRFalcons$5,000,000Should earn at least added $3 million escalator...ineffective and injured in 2013...team indicated desire to extend but if he refuses he will likely be cut
Zach MillerTESeahawks$5,000,00030 reception a year player on a 60 reception a year salary
Chad Greenway43OLBVikings$4,800,000High salary and limited effectiveness are usually the perfect marriage for being cut in the offseason
Jeromey ClaryRTChargers$4,550,000One of worst run blocking tackles in NFL...Chargers very tight on 14 cap
Owen DanielsTETexans$4,500,00032 year old should be casulty of rebuild effort and tight salary cap...spent significant time on injured list
Daniel ManningSTexans$4,500,000Older player coming off injury...Texans probably don't have luxury of carrying salary
Eddie RoyalWRChargers$4,500,000Tough decision to determine if he justifies salary...impact plays in 13 but none prior two years
Greg TolerCBColts$4,166,666Missed time due to injuries...overpaid compared to secondary market...could wait until after draft to make decision
Matt MooreQBDolphins$4,000,000High paid backup could be expendable as Tannehill matures...Low cost for starter does make it feasible to keep but may want to cycle money elsewhere
Matt SchaubQBTexans$4,000,000Benched following what seemed to be mental breakdowns on field...Never lived up to contract and likely goes if coach is fired...June 1 designation possible
Letroy GuionDTVikings$4,000,000No need for a part time player at this salary on a team ready to rebuild the roster
Cortland FinneganCBRams$4,000,000One of 5 worst contracts in NFL...Rams owe him $3 million parting gift but keeping him costs additional $6 million of wasted money
Harvey DahlGRams$4,000,000Rams felt cap charge was too high last year and nothing should have changed that opinion...restructure designed to facilitate quick release before $2 million roster bonus is paid
Uche NwaneriGJaguars$3,705,500Jaguars possess one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, no need to sink more money into unproductive units
Matt CasselQBVikings$3,700,000Cassel can void his contract but he'll be released if he fails to do so
Dwight Freeney34OLBChargers$3,500,000After quick trip to IR, Chargers will have to consider If there is any upside to 34 year old rusher
Osi Umenyiora43DEFalcons$3,500,000Another Falcon with an escalator...hasn't been impactful defender and will be 33...didn't hesitate to release John Abraham last year under similar circumstances
Adam Carriker34DERedskins$3,333,333Always injured player due $2 million bonus...should be cut the first day he can be released
Dunta RobinsonCBChiefs$3,300,000One of few weak links on Chiefs D...limited role for over $3 million salary...likely finished
Jason AvantWREagles$3,250,000Future depends on decisions on Riley Cooper and/or Jeremy Maclin...$1 mil roster bonus due 5th day of LY
Jermaine GreshamTEBengals$3,110,750Bengals kept him to get something out of draft pick...nothing there and no position to play
Kevin KolbQBBills$3,100,000Kolb suffered a concussion during the Preseason and its likely a career ender...Could qualify for injury protection is released which seems to be a formality at this point.
Cary WilliamsCBEagles$3,083,332Disappointing cornerback does little positive for defense...future may hinge on draft
Dan ConnollyGPatriots$3,000,000Given up a tremendous amount of pressures on Tom Brady this season...Likely candidate to be replaced
Jacob TammeTEBroncos$3,000,000Has no real role on team with emergence of Julius Thomas
Thomas DeCoudSFalcons$3,000,000First year with a high cap charge...likely too rich for level of play
Isaac SopoagaDTPatriots$2,750,000Acquired by trade during season to cope with injury...fate hinges on moves with Wilfork and Kelly...$1 mil salary guarantee gives him more leeway than others
Lance MooreWRSaints$2,531,250Moore has struggled with injuries and hasn't found a place in the offense....Saints cap problems and QB efficiency will make him expendable
Tommy KellyDTPatriots$2,500,000Only played in 5 games due to injury...Could look to restructure if they want to keep him
Benjarvus Green EllisRBBengals$2,500,000Lost carries to Giovanni Bernard...Too expensive as a caddy
Joel DreesenTEBroncos$2,500,000Has no real role on team with emergence of Julius Thomas
Le'Ron McClainFBChargers$2,500,000Effective player but has no role in offense...only in for 12% of plays
Earl BennettWRBears$2,450,000Unproductive WR had to restructure to make stay in 2013,,,that option wont exist next year
Jason CampbellQBBrowns$2,250,000Veteran QB cant shake injury bug...lower cost alternatives to backup
Jason Jones43DELions$2,016,666Injured most of 13...Lions no longer need line help especially considering tight salary cap
John CarlsonTEVikings$2,000,000A bad contract since day one the Vikings can finally cut ties and save a $4 million cash salary
Stephen Nicolas43OLBFalcons$2,000,000Been relegated to a part time player when used
Jasper BrinkleyILBCardinals$2,000,000Cap space is more valuable than contribution of replacement level player
James CaseyFBEagles$1,985,000Eagles never found a role for Casey on the team
AJ HawkILBPackers$1,900,000Packers usually limit dead money on books but have to realize Hawk is ineffective and its time to cut bait
Michael BushRBBears$1,850,000Almost a useless player at this point of his career...averages just 1.6 yard per carry and ineffective in short yardage situations
Steven JacksonRBFalcons$1,833,332Jackson posting career lows across the board...looks finished
Mathias Kiwanuka43OLBGiants$1,800,000Has failed to deliver impact plays...must decide if one more chance is warrented
David BaasCGiants$1,775,000Been a poor pickup since day 1...spent most of 2013 injured
Vonta LeachFBRavens$1,750,000Ravens running game is terrible with or w/o fullback ...Only plays 20% of snaps
Derek CoxCBChargers$1,650,000Benched in multiple games...one of worst signings in 2013
Brad SmithWREagles$1,575,000Late season pickup expected to bolster kick return game...decision depends on performance over last few weeks
Shonn GreeneRBTitans$1,566,666Been injured in 2013...Not short yardage player that Titans expected
Phil CostaGCowboys$1,500,000Cap strapped Cowboys cant afford to keep rarely used lineman
Jermey ParnellRTCowboys$1,500,000Cowboys cant justify this salary on a backup with their cap problems
Jonathan BaldwinWR49ers$1,404,765Only reason for trade was so they could have a releasable salary in 14...no fit in the offense
James Harrison43OLBBengals$1,403,125Could consider keeping as cap not a concern...limited use on the field
Moise FokouILBTitans$1,400,000Status depends on if he accepts role as backup player again...definition of expendable stopgap player
Mark IngramRBSaints$1,386,375Ingram showed signs of life this year but with a number of runners on the team and cap problems ahead he could be cut
Donnie AveryWRChiefs$1,350,000Hasn't been very productive but neither has been Chiefs offense...look at draft before release becomes high probability
Jerome FeltonFBVikings$1,333,332Due $2 million salary for about 35% playtime...future could hinge on Adrian Peterson returning or being traded
Mike GoodsonRBJets$1,316,666Major off the field problems could lead to jail time...Spent most of year injured or suspended...Likely only made team so team could recover bobus money if jailed
Brodrick BunkleyDTSaints$1,275,000Effective part time player but cant justify a $6.1 million cap charge...could be a June 1 cut if they can wait for cap relief
Larry FooteILBSteelers$1,166,66634 years old coming off injury likely expendable for teams needing to get younger...coule reduce $1.5 mil salary slightly to keep
Kyle WilsonCBJets$1,165,000P5 should accelerate to $3.15M making savings over $3 million...failed 1st round pick...poor instincts at position
Ryan WilliamsRBCardinals$1,057,832Early career injuries seem to have ended career...Cardinals show no inclination to use him
Kyle OrtonQBCowboys$995,000Savings are minimal but Dallas may need the cap room in 14
Kaluka MaiavaILBRaiders$956,6661.535 million salary too much for part time player
Miles AustinWRCowboys$393,800Worst WR signing in the NFL since Roy Williams...restructuring of contract makes him a June 1 only candidate...will open $5.5 mil for rookies post June 1
Blaine GabbertQBJaguas$0Team should give up on player...money owed if cut but deal contains offsets and it may be time to just move on
Brandon WeedenQBBrowns$-1,999,745Browns owe money if cut, but hes a bust...will try to trade but if no takers should cut, likely after June 1