2017 Potential Cuts: Cornerback

1. Tramon Williams, Browns
Cap Saved: $7 million/Cash Saved: $7 million

The Browns signed Williams a few years ago in their period of adding fading veterans in an effort to be respectable which certainly did not work. There is absolutely zero reason for the Browns to keep a 34 year old cornerback who is going to make $7 million in 2017, especially one who isn’t very good.

2. Kyle Arrington, Ravens
Cap Saved: $2.1 million/Cash Saved: $2.1 million

Arrington spent the season on IR due to a concussion after having accepted a pay cut to remain in Baltimore. Arrington is a capable corner but should be part of a veteran purge that the Ravens need to begin this season if they want to turn the franchise around.

3. Darrelle Revis, Jets
Cap Saved: $9.3 million/Cash Saved: $10 million

About the only reason that the Jets would not be moving on outright from Revis is the fact that they owe him $6 million this season whether or not he is on the team. Revis was awful early in the season but closed the year closer to average. He has clearly lost a step but could consider a move to safety. Regardless there is no way Revis’ contract will remain intact.

4. Davon House, Jaguars
Cap Saved: $6 million/Cash Saved: $6 million

In the last two or three years the Jaguars have been overloaded with overpriced and underperforming players and House is one of those guys. The bright side with House is that his contract was one of the ones the Jaguars did with no signing bonus so they are free and clear if they choose to move on. House played in less than 26% of the Jaguars defensive plays in 2016.

5. Sam Shields, Packers
Cap Saved: $9 million/Cash Saved: $9 million

I always considered Shields one of the recent “jump” contracts when the Packers extended him a few years back. A jump contract is one that I think occurs when the team jumps the gun on a contract and goes high rather than risking the market moving much more in the wrong direction. Shields is a fine player, when healthy, but he’s never healthy. He has suffered multiple concussions and has never played 16 games in a season in his entire career. He’ll be 30 next year and it might be time to move on.

6. Alterraun Verner, Buccaneers
Cap Saved: $6.5 million/Cash Saved: $6.5 million

Verner is a capable player, but I’m not sure that the value is there for the Bucs at $6.5 million. Verner played in less than 25% of the team’s defensive snaps last season and a close to $7 million corner is generally expected to play over 75% if healthy. Verner didn’t strike gold in free agency so its doubtful he can be traded but this could be a split that works best for both sides.

7. Johnathan Joseph, Texans
Cap Saved: $6.5 million/Cash Saved: $6.5 million

The Texans still have a place for their 32 year old corner but this could simply be a numbers game leaving Joseph as the odd man out. The Texans already have an investment in Kareem Jackson and will have a decision to make on AJ Bouye. Its hard to see Joseph staying at his current salary if they sign Bouye to a big contract. Seeing if he would play on a much lower incentive laden contract would seem like a good way to keep Joseph as a Texan and seeing how Leon Hall fared in free agency should make him agreeable.

8. Justin Bethel, Cardinals
Cap Saved: $3.8 million/Cash Saved: $4.5 million

The Cardinals contract extension with their stud special teamer seemed to indicate they believed he would develop into a defensive contributor which he did not do. In fact he was a liability given more responsibility. His $4.5 million salary is more than he ever made in his career and more than someone would receive for specials. My guess is they bring his salary down and end any notion that he can be anything more than a defensive fill in.

9. Buster Skrine, Jets
Cap Saved: $3.5 million/Cash Saved: $6 million

Skrine is best suited to be a number 3 corner but the Jets made the leap of faith that he could play full time on the outside when they signed him to a $6.25 million a year contract in 2015. Both sides probably got off lucky when other decisions put him in that role in his first year but he had a difficult year in 2016 with more responsibilities. Penalties, poor coverage, missing tackles he just had a poor year. Still the Jets secondary is poor so there might be more logic in seeing if he is open to a pay cut before moving on.

10. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants
Cap Saved: $4.5 million/Cash Saved: $6.5 million

I don’t think the Giants will tinker that much with the defense but there is a chance that they could move on from DRC next year as they have other options on the team now. While his loss was felt against the multi-receiver Packers, right now the NFC East, and really most of the NFC, isn’t built that way which may make him an expensive luxury. Generally the Giants lean towards keeping players longer than other teams regardless of price and DRC is more effective than those others so Id probably put the odds here of a cut being pretty low.

  • Nelson Cobb

    AJ Bouye to the Packers!!

  • McGeorge

    Given the Giants’ previous few years of losing almost their entire secondary, I wonder if they will err on the side of caution and keep Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Losing him, and then suffering a few injuries resulting in a horrible secondary would make the GM look bad.

    • Werner

      And Eli Apple is certainly not the guy to fill the void, as we saw in Green Bay but they could always trade for Revis or Skrine saving on relocation costs (unfortunately not part of the Cap calculation).

      • McGeorge

        Eli Apple seems ok, he may have an off game occasionally but overall he seems alright. Certainly not a bad CB.

        I guess I’m missing your humor about trading fro Revis and Skrine since they are both bad, unless paying the veterans minimum.

        • Ghoston

          Apple had a bad year. It wasn’t just one bad game. He was worse than Revis and Skrine.

          • McGeorge

            He’s a rookie, and missed some time to injury. He didn’t appear to be as bad as some of the Jets corner backs I get to watch every week. I’ve also seen him make some nice plays. I remember seeing him having a good game against the Bengals.

            As for being worse than Revis or Skrine, I don’t think so. Revis gave up on tackling in the 2nd half of the season. Skrine got a lot of penalties in addition to being ineffective.

          • Ghoston

            Apple was worse your eyes must be bad. And people thought that pick was a reach. PFF rated Apple worse than Revis as well. He is not good.

          • McGeorge

            If PFF rated him worse that it must be true, because PFF is undisputedly correct. ;-)

            Yes, Revis is good, go ahead and believe that. In fact, I hope he is signed by your team for 6MM, so the Jets don’t have to pay him a dime.

          • Ghoston

            I know Revis sucks but making excuses for Apple makes you a hypocrite. You rip on Lee, but he is a rookie. Apple is terrible and if the Jets drafted him you would be going crazy but keep being delusional.

          • McGeorge

            I’m not making excuses for Apple, he has some good games.
            Terrible is Dee Miliner.
            Derron lee was pretty bad.
            I’d much rather have Eli Apple than Derron Lee.

          • Ghoston

            Apple was bad, you would have killed the Jets if they had him. He is like a 4th corner. Watch the games and stop the Jets hate and every other teams love. You thought the Bills GM had good drafts. that is even more funny and you think Apple is good, try again.

          • McGeorge

            Apple wasn’t that bad. He may have had some blown coverages, but if you watched him play, when he was no longer hurt, he was Ok.
            He played ok.