Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Feb 2010

Who Will Be Cut?

Today's topic is inspired by a tweet from our friend Brad Biggs; today is the first day that players can be cut. With that and a looming uncapped year in mind, who do you think teams should be targeting as potential cuts? Click through to share your opinion.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 08 Feb 2010

78 replies , Last at 12 Feb 2010, 4:30pm by Dan

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by andrew :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:32pm

I think you'll see the most cuts on teams with lousy stadium situations... Raiders, Vikings, Bills and Jags.

A name? How about Bryant McKinnie?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by ineedawittyname (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:28pm

I doubt McKinnie would be cut, just because they don't have anyone to replace him. He might not be a great LT, but he is still much better then anyone else on the Vikings roster.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Eddo :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:33pm

Vasher's a given.

My somewhat-wild guess: Thomas Jones.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Bill Barnwell :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:34pm

I'll also note that I outline a case for the departure of one player in this week's Quick Reads comments, and will leave it as an exercise to those non-ESPN Insider readers to guess who before tomorrow.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Eddo :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:59pm

Well, who gets mentioned in Quick Reads? Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends.

Brees - no
Manning - no

Running backs:
Addai - still on rookie contract, right? I can't see it
Brown - ditto
Bush - ditto, but he makes a lot more
Thomas - he must be a bargain
Bell - if so, who cares?

Wide receivers:
Wayne - top-five wide receiver, consistently; I can't see it
Garcon - rookie contract
Collie - rookie contract
Gonzalez - won't be listed in the tables, still on rookie contract
Colston - still on rookie contract; seems weird to cut the one consistent target Brees has
Henderson - I suppose, though I doubt he makes much money
Moore - rookie contract
Meachem - rookie contract

Tight ends:
Clark - arguably the most-important non-Manning player on the Colts' offense; no way
Shockey - makes a considerable amount of money, somewhat injury-prone, not a top-tier tight end; the Saints have plenty of weapons, so he's not particularly important; (I think we have a winner here)
Thomas - like Bell, so what?

Bill's guess must be Shockey, no?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 8:14pm

Isn't Bush going to be making 10M or something like that next year?
I don't see the Saints retaining him for that number.

I think Shockey is too valuable in Payton's schemes to be cut. Offensive production really dropped when Shockey couldn't play this year, and they use him a lot to confuse coverages.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by nate.b (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:42pm

Bob Sanders?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by slipknottin :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:46pm

Are we including guys who wont get resigned/tagged? Or just outright cuts?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by ChaosOnion (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:52pm

Hank Baskett
Had love for him as an Eagle, but the high school high jump champion just never materialized into a threat in the red zone. I was happy to hear he went to the Colts, but the emergence of Collie and Garcon leaves him to compete with Gonzalez. Three guesses as to where the front office sides there.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by andrew :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 2:56pm

Jamarcus Russell. Tom Cable stays, Russell is just getting paychecks. A cap hit would be the only reason to not cut him.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:30pm

Obviously Russell ought to be cut - he doesn't even deserve a back-up gig in the UFL - but I think Davis gives him one more chance. No use applying logic to anything that happens in Oakland.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:43pm

Without looking it up, I am guessing JaMarcus' Lewin number was pretty awful.

I don't remember him being accurate in college, and he only really started for one year, so he didn't have many starts at that level.

Al Davis is one of the greatest guys in the NFL to watch (unless of course you actually want the Raiders to succeed)

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:09pm

He completed 60% and 68% of his passes during his final two years at LSU. I guess that shows what a couple first-round draft picks at receiver can do for you.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:32am

I don't think either of those guys have done anything in the NFL. Drafted early, yes, production at NFL level, not even close

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Brendan Scolari :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 8:16pm

Dwayne Bowe has been pretty good, particularly given the situation he's in.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 4:26pm

My fault, I thought it was Craig Davis and Early Doucet for some reason.....

Bowe is a good player.

I think JaMarcus is just plain lazy and makes $60M guaranteed, so what if he gets cut to him....he still gets all that loot. "Bank, here I come" --last words heard muttered by JR right before the Raiders threw him from the 14th floor of their executive offices

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by tuluse :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 8:24pm

Actually his Lewin forecast was to be an average starting the NFL I believe. A disappointment for a #1 pick, but not a total bust like he is.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Splattered :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:03pm

Laverneus Coles seems like a likely cut from a cost-far-outweighs-production standpoint.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Amp (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 8:08pm

Agreed, although I doubt they'll do it soon as it might weaken their hand in negotiations with any free-agents or high draft picks at wr.

Jerome Simpson must also be on the bubble, although again I think he'll at least get one more training camp.

Hopefully Daniel "I can't catch, and when I do I fumble" Coats will be gone.

Plus one or both of the late-season NT signings Orien Harris and Hamburglar Smith.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 3:26am

Seriously, Hamburglar?




Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Theo :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:57am

That one will always belong to Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Marcumzilla :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 1:19pm

I've always been a fan of Urologist Richard Tapper, MD. (Yes, real - in Toledo, OH.)

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Marko :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 7:39pm

My favorite name is one that I saw while doing legal research (I'm an attorney). I read a case in which there was an expert witness named Richard Blow.

I rest my case.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 2:39pm

Is that his real name? or like Pork Chop Womack's real name is floyd?

Cuz his parents would rule if thats his real name

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 3:32pm

Yeah, he's named after Saint Hamburgler, patron saint of food thiefs and guys who can only say "robble, robble".

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:36pm

Look for most of the offensive linemen in both Washington and Seattle to get the boot. Gibbs and the Shanahans will bring in a mixture of undersized athletic rookies and Denver/Houston cast-offs. An Ephraim Salaam sighting is almost guaranteed, and both teams may well get involved in the bidding for Chester Pitts.

It's pretty hard to see the Chargers bringing back Tomlinson.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:40pm

QB Browns (does it matter which one?, all of them should be cut), and DE Corey "Suck money" Williams, WR Donte "Drunk with Braylon ruin my life" Stallworth

Browns save 7m + 8m + 7m or so for dead weight.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by TheSlinger :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 3:59pm

It's already been reported that Torry Holt and Tra Thomas will be cut from the Jags. Another potential casualty is C Brad Meester, although that's just fan speculation due to age/contract/ineffectiveness/injuries, nothing reported there.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by R. Carney (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:00pm

Bills: Whitner? First round bust and a lot of young talent in the secondary

Titans: L. White? Far less used, becoming obsolete

Vikings: Berrian? overpaid third option in an offense with great TE and two really good complimentary young wrs.

Texans: Time to start over with Slaton or go their separate ways (they may trade him though, despite fumblitis he's still young and has value)

Eagles Vick? Chargers LT? (just want to make sure I'm right on a few)

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Tim Wilson :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:09pm

Whitner's a bust now? I know he's been hurt, but hasn't he been a stud when on the field?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by R. Carney (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:37pm

Not in the least, 4 INT 1 sack career (4 years). Not the game changer a first rounder should be, not even the best safety on the team, and hasn't been hurt that much...missed 6 gms last year, but only 4 in the prev 3 years. Had a respectable rookie season but not a ton after that

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:18pm

White's an RFA, which means he's cheap to keep. They're unlikely to be able to find a comparable player for less money.

There's no way the Texans will cut Slaton. He's playing for peanuts and he clearly has a ton of ability. The Texans line was lousy at run blocking this season due to both starting guards spending the whole year on IR. Slaton regressed in his own right too, of course, and the fumbling was a serious problem, but he was very good in the passing game (including blocking, where he took a big step forward from his rookie season) and he still has major talent. Fumbling problems can be fixed - just ask Tiki Barber. Slaton may not start next year, and the Texans may well explore acquiring a new RB option early in the draft or in free agency. Slaton could conceivably find himself relegated to a Kevin Faulk/Reggie Bush type role if Arian Foster lives up to the promise he showed in limited time. But he will be on the team.

Vick's gone, but I guess it's just conceivable someone might trade for him.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by alexbond :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:38pm

I don't think Slaton will be dealt, but there needs to be a serious discussion in Houston about what went wrong with him.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Rivers McCown :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 6:13pm

I don't think there's much discussion to be had; he tried to play through a herniated disc and he was experiencing numbness. It didn't work out too well.

The real discussion is "who should be the starter?" and "will the Texans bring anyone else in?"

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:37am

My view is this: the Texans will bring in a guy with the intention of starting him (most likely through the draft) if and only if they see the opportunity to add someone who they consider to be an exceptional value - this is not the sort of glaring need that might drive a reach, and the Texans' management have not shown much sign of an inclination to reach for need in any circumstances. I think the most likely scenario involves a late round or undrafted rookie being given the chance to compete with the current players but ultimately ending up on the practice squad, with Foster getting the most carries, Slaton the most touches and Moats seeing non-trivial amounts of time as well. I don't think any Texans back will be a particularly good fantasy option next year, but I do think the running game is likely to be much improved in terms of helping the team win.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by E :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:25pm

at Super Bowl party yesterday someone threw out the possibility that Brandon Jacobs would be cut, suggesting a large bonus payment due. Seemed unlikely to me but I admit I don't know his contract details. Thoughts on Jacobs?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mansteel (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:46pm

As a serious Giants fan, it wouldn't shock me. Jacobs looked slow this year, he's injury-prone, and he makes a lot of money. The Giants like what they have in Bradshaw, D.J. Ware, and back-from-injury, speed score champion Andre Brown. Even Gartrell Johnson (SD's Round...3? 4? pick last year) look OK in limited duty.

On the other side of the hand, the Giants coaches/brass vociferously defended him when he was criticized by the media and fans this year, he's a good locker-room guy, and they don't have a similar back on the roster (unlike most teams, whose rosters are replete with 6-4, 265-lb RBs).

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by John Doe (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 6:42pm

While I agree he is injury prone and had an off year (he has said he was playing injured and in fact had surgery after the season), I'm not sure that he makes "a lot" of money.

In February 09 he signed a 4 year 25 million dollar extension, with 13 million in guaranteed money. He gets the 13 million no matter what they do with him. That leaves 3 years and 12 million left on his contract, which doesn't seem back breaking to me. The contract struck me us underwhelming from the moment it was announced.

In fact next year is actually his cheapest remaining year (3.65 salary), it would make far more sense to evaluate him next year (when there is a penalty to cut him) and cut him the next year (when there isn't) if he doesn't improve.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 4:40pm

For the Bucs:

Michael Clayton. Huge contract, but he has worse hands than Braylon Edwards.

Byron Leftwich. Got benched after three games for being a statue in the pocket and supposedly doesn't have the work ethic or interest to mentor Freeman.

Derrick Ward maybe. He's been a total disappointment, but Cadillac might not make it through another year uninjured. Unless Earnest Graham is moved back to RB, he's needed at least as a back-up.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:22pm

Damn, that Clayton contract is out-and-out lunacy. How did I miss that when it happened? What were they thinking?

That said, given that it was current management which made the deal, I find it hard to believe they'll take the loss of face implied in canning the guy after only one year.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 7:04pm

I would guess Ward stays. Clayton can't be dumped fast enough. Plenty of talk that Jermaine Lewis would go, as he's having trouble staying healthy. I also expect Ronde Barber to be gone.

Also, there has to be somebody out there better than Jeremy "Penalty Factor" Trueblood at RT.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 7:54pm

Ronde might be gone, but I think they'll keep him around another year, he's not that bad yet and our backups are all inexperienced.

I suppose with Jermaine Lewis you mean Jermaine Phillips. He might be gone, but our options at safety frankly suck. Sabby is the starter now, I don't think Phillips can be anything but an improvement.

Trueblood is interesting. He's decent as a blocker but the penalties kill his value. The problem would again be depth - there'd need to be a decent replacement player, and at this point the Bucs don't have one.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 8:18pm

Yes, I'm a moron. Jermaine Philips. I guess it may come down to the "do they honestly take a safety at three (Berry)" like the mocks currently have it. Sabby had the worst year I think I may have ever seen in the secondary. Utterly pathetic. I would like to also imagine a world where Sims and Hovan are cut and replaced with . . . well, about anybody.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by BucNasty :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 6:05am


That's my preferred site for mock drafts (and Emmitt Smith quotes). They currently have us taking Gerald McCoy.

As for Ronde, I think he stays for the reasons Sanders mentioned. He's not who he was, but he can still play. There's also no one behind him. I figure he gets one more year but they also draft his replacement with one of the second rounders.

Phillips is gone. They really didn't plan on bringing him back last season. Piscitelli was indeed awful, but the optimist in me says that so was Jermaine Phillips in 2006 before he became one of my favorite players. I think we'll let Phillips go and take another safety in the draft to battle it out with Sabby.

I'd like to see them bring in a kicker who doesn't screw my stomach into knots at the sight of 45 yard field goal attempt.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 10:05am

Philips had stupid moments, but I'm of the opinion that "Piscatelling" should be entered into the football vernacular as a phrase to represent complete and utter incompetence in tackling, as in, "Hey, Darren Sharper totally Piscatellied on Hightower on the first play of the Saints-Cardinals game". If he played in a bigger market where people actually saw him play, he'd be much better known as being utterly godawful.

I'd be gloriously happy with McCoy. It all comes down to whether St. Louis can pass on Suh; yeah, they've got a bunch of picks on the defensive line, but the BPA is pretty clearly a defensive lineman at this point. Please please please take Clausen. I still think they'll take Suh, though. It's like the Lions a few years ago--"Gee, they can't take Calvin Johnson after taking all those other WRs, right? We'll get CJ! Oh, crap, they actually took the BPA rather than anything else."

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 10:15am

There's also a small chance that the Lions take an OT to protect Stafford. It may just come down to whether or not Clausen or an OT really moves up at the combine.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:43am

It just seems to me like the rational thing all around is for St. Louis to trade down - most likely to Tampa but conceivably to Detroit - and draft whichever QB they like best (I prefer Bradford, but I don't think Clausen's at all a bad prospect either). Suh's awesome, but he has to be worth more to the Bucs than to the Rams.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:12pm

The question is whether anyone is willing to move up. Aside from the #1 pick costing a lot of money, it's unlikely that the Bucs or Rams are willing to relinquish extra draft picks to move up - there's just too many holes to fill on both teams.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:12pm

In a strong draft, I just don't see the Bucs trading up. It's a team with loads of holes and, as good as Suh appears to be, it's just not worth it to burn extra picks. I'm expecting Suh and McCoy to go 1 and 2, at which my ideal scenario is Tampa trades down to some QB-desperate team and gets more picks. And then trades down again, and again, and again, winding up with no first rounders and, oh, let's say seven second-rounders. Sure, that'd work.

As a rule, it's hard to trade out of the first overall pick just due to the weight of the contract. Considering all the uncertainty regarding a new labor deal, there's even more impetus to not jump up and take on a huge contract when you don't even know if you'll be playing the next year.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:05pm


Adalius Thomas: No chance of not getting cut.
Shawn Springs: Most likely getting cut. He's the 3rd or 4th best corner, and hes making starter money.

I can't think of anyone else who would get cut, because it seems like everyone who has big money is expiring. Light will most likely be traded (1 year left, 4M, and hes going to lose his job to Vollmer). I could see Koppen getting cut.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by dryheat :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:28pm

Who's playing center with Koppen getting cut? Connelly, Wendell, or a yet to be signed player?

I could see Light getting traded, if he had trade value. I think he stays. Vollmer's going to be RT next year. Kaczur will either take over for Neal or be a high priced swing tackle, or cut in this uncapped year. Thomas, yeah, unless a team like the Jets, Dolphins, or Ravens wants to trade a low round pick for him.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by James-London :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:26pm


Joey Porter (unless someone is daft enough to trade for him)
Jason Allen
Ted Ginn (Might make it, but he's an expensive punt returner)
Jason Ferguson (Aging & injury-prone, but who else do the 'Fins have at NT? *Crosses fingers for Vince Wilfork*)

Beyond that, possibly Gibril Wilson, but it's a young roster.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by KarlFA :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 5:53pm

Contrary to what Cam Cameron might have you think, Ted Ginn does not return punts. He should be cut.

I believe Ferguson is a free agent this year. Gibril Wilson should see the chopping block.

Other players that should get cut (but probably won't): Channing Crowder, Anthony Fasano.

Karl, Miami

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by John Doe (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 6:53pm

As a Giants fan I was sad to see Wilson go, he was good in run support and a passable starting safety (unlike CC Brown). He'd be far better as a run support role player/backup safety than an every down starter.

That said, he was grossly overpaid by first the Raiders and then the Dolphins and will likely be cut. I wouldn't be surprised to see him sign with the Giants at a reduced rate to backup Kenny Phillips (who somehow has arthritis in his knee two years into his NFL career)

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Noah of Arkadia :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 10:07pm

Porter will be cut, we agree on that. But I don't think Allen or Ginn will be cut.

Gibril might be, but who knows. Do you just cut him even if you don't have anyone in place to replace him?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by scottyb (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 6:13pm

Thomas Jones, Kerry Rhodes (unless he tears up his contract and signs for way less)
Lito Sheppard (owed a $10 mill roster bonus)
Vernon Gholston (this is the 1-year get-out-of-jail-free card for team with top draft pick washouts- no cap to be hit)

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by drobviousso :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 6:45pm

Steelers: Willie Parker, though just because it doesn't happen this week doesn't mean it won't happen. They'll probably cut him whenever he requests it.

Limas Sweed, all depending on what his mystery illness was. He might be worth a last round pick to the right team, but if he can't get his head on straight in Pittsburgh, I can't think of too many other organizations that could support him until he's a starter. Plus, Wallace. Of course, if he is cut, he'll probably be picked up by NE and turn into a stud, a la Vrabel.

Darnell Stapleton, who might make a replacement level starter at RG in a zone blocking scheme.

Townsend & T Carter, both due to age and ineffectiveness. Two thirds of the proud 2009 Steelers "Tertiary".

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Anonymous Coward (not verified) :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:03pm

Parker is a free agent, Sweed will get another training camp to try to make it but they'll bring in some competition.

Stapleton maybe, only if they draft an IOL

Townsend and Carter, I guess it's a possibility but I don't see them getting cut before camp either.

Actually I don't think the Steelers will have any casualties due to lack of a cap because they don't have any terrible contracts.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Harris :: Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:12pm

Kevin Curtis is a ghost. I won't be shocked if Westbrook(!) gets his walking papers, though it probably wouldn't happen until after the draft. Victor Abirmiri hasn't produced despite being given every opportunity to take the starting LDE job from Juqua Parker.

Hail Hydra!

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by bubqr :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 7:56am

Abiamiri is still very young, but just keep being injured. No need to cut him considering his contract, I think he'll have another shot this summer, and has a decent chance to end up as the LDE if he doesn't get injured again. Might Burgess part 2.

Curtis on the other hand probably already has the new Chicago playbook.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Harris :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 2:25pm

He's not that young; he's going into his fourth season. Moreover, he's only got 30 tackles and four sacks and he's never played a full season. You're probably right that he sticks because he's still on his rookie contract, but they get less from him than they get from Clemons and Parker so if the Eagles draft a DE, I have to think Abiamiri is the odd man out.

Hail Hydra!

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 3:47pm

I doubt they'd cut Westbrook before training camp, at the earliest. My suspicion is that they're hoping he retires on his own, but that seems like the same wishful thinking that they used with Dawkins. I wouldn't be surprised to see Macho Harris or Joe Mays cut - too many mental errors.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Harris :: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 11:11am

Joe Mays, maybe. He had every opportunity to take the starting MLB job and couldn't do it. I'm be shocked if they gave up on Harris that quickly. I'm obviously biased, but he was a rookie playing safety for the first time, and I don't think McDermott's constant fiddling with the roster helped his confidence much.

Hail Hydra!

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by GnomeChumpsky (not verified) :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:05am


Charles Grant, highly likely: He might still be facing a murder charge and, depending on the legal process, a four game suspension; he's injury prone, he dogged it for 14 games and severely underproduced; and his absence was entirely unnoticeable in the playoffs.

Reggie Bush, somewhat likely: Payton publicly voices support for Bush, but the numbers are aren't good even when he's healthy, which doesn't happen that often; it doesn't help that some foolish team will be willing to pay him more than he's worth.

Jamal Brown, possible: Brown technically wouldn't be cut, because he's a restricted free agent, but he might not be resigned because a young, two-time pro-bowl left tackle will command a big contract. he's important, but Bushrod was passable as a replacement and Brown is coming off a pretty serious injury that kept him out of the whole 2009 season.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sophandros :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:19am

Grant's probably gone.

Bush has scored more TDs for the Saints than any other player since 2006.

Brown won't fetch any trade value due to the injury, and might be gone if an OT can be found via the draft or FA.

So Grant and maybe Brown go, while Bush stays.

Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Mr Shush :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:47am

Surely to goodness the right move is to place the original round tender on Brown, keep him on the cheap for a year to see how he recovers from injury, and pick up a first round pick if anyone really wants to take a punt on him?

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by GnomeChumpsky (not verified) :: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 10:03am

You are correct, sir.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Keasley (not verified) :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 12:34pm

I could see some big names being cut by the Seahawks in the offseason:

Deion Branch
Patrick Kerney

Are virtually locks to be cut. Also possible:

Walter Jones (though I'd hate to see it end like that for him)

Anyone on the offensive line not named Max Unger

Julius Jones (not that his salary is super huge)


Matt Hasselbeck

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Sander :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 1:03pm

Walter Jones announced his retirement yesterday.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Wed, 02/10/2010 - 9:41pm

I'd cut him then - clearly lacks of commitment.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Erithtotl (not verified) :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 1:17pm

I'd like to see Bob Sanders and Marlin Jackson re-negotiated or resigned to incentive laden deals based on playing time. Right now Sanders is just too expensive to keep on the roster given how much time he misses. I don't know what the demand for him around the league would be if he was made available. Jackson is probably done with two straight knee injuries so it's unlikely but he's a popular Colt. Tim Jennings is also not good probably needs to go. Seems the Colts have given up on Ugoh so he may be gone soon though his rookie deal is still in place and his number is small.

Vinatieri should be gone I hope. too much to pay for an aging, injured kicker.

Colts are a team built around youth so there's not a lot of room for cuts. Manning's deal will likely be redone and there's a chance Saturday may retire.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by turbohappy (not verified) :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 7:07pm

I think Saturday will go one more year at least. The only way I want to see Bob Sanders on the roster next year is for league minimum + incentives based on games played, which I don't see happening. Vinatieri would be good to see go, I think Stover was just as good as he would have been this year and he was picked up off the street.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Peregrine :: Tue, 02/09/2010 - 11:09pm

Falcons: happily, it's not easy to find an overpaid, underproducing veteran on the roster. I have issues with Michael Jenkins, Chris Houston, and Jamaal Anderson, but they are all under contract at reasonable salaries for 2010. Coaches might make tough decisions on Mike Peterson or Todd McClure, but the replacements might not be on the roster and I don't see the point of cutting any of these players before getting to 53 in August. So the Falcons could be very interested in some players getting cut loose now, particularly at CB. No crucial free agents either - assuming no labor peace, Norwood, Clabo (RT), and Dahl (RG) would all be RFAs. Man, it's like somebody in Flowery Branch planned ahead.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Key19 :: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 3:12pm

My guess: Antonio Pierce.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Phil Osopher :: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 4:23pm

My Guess: Donte Stallworth


If the Jets do cut Kerry Rhodes, expect Cleveland to sign him ASAP!!! We need safeties and he is a good one.

I love Rex Ryan as a head coach. He will have like 30 of those Coors commericals when they fire him in a few years

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Key19 :: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 6:54pm

Hey now, my guess was at least made on the same day that he was cut. :P

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Dan :: Fri, 02/12/2010 - 4:30pm

The Bears should also go after Rhodes. There should be enough interest in Rhodes - I expect him to get traded rather than cut.

Re: Who Will Be Cut?
by Botswana Meat Commission FC (not verified) :: Thu, 02/11/2010 - 6:14pm

Kyle Boller is about to be cut by St. Louis. (sorry Mr. Prejean!)

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