With the draft finished and all of free agency’s biggest and best names off the market, each team’s roster is, more or less, set. Until, of course, training camp. When training camp and the pre season rolls around there are always a series of cuts to every roster; most expected, others not so much. Predicting the obvious cuts won’t be much fun, what with them being obvious and all, and often requires absurd amounts of research as they aren’t generally what I’d consider “household” names. For a look at some of the less likely - yet, still all too possible - names that could be hitting free agency in August, division by division, take a gander down yonder.
Arizona Cardinals, DT Darnell Dockett: To say Dockett’s best days are behind him is a bit of an understatement. He simply hasn’t been the same player since signing his 6 year $56M contract extension with Cardinals in the September of 2010 and is now heading into the more costly years of said contract. His cap hit for this season is set at a ridiculously high $7.7M - not exactly bang for your back. The one thing that could save Dockett is the fact the Cardinals won’t exactly be saving much of that against the cap if they do cut him. At least for the first two years afterwards.
San Francisco 49ers, WR Mario Manningham: Manningham was part of a largely unsuccessful attempt at beefing up San Francisco’s receiving corps, due in large part to injuries, and now could be the odd man out. This offseason the Niners have added Anquan Boldin and will surely look to get last year’s first round pick A.J. Jenkins more snaps. If Jenkins is to get more snaps, they’re going to have to come at somebody’s expense. My money’s on Manningham. If the Niners were to cut Manningham they would save $1.8M against the cap this season, which could land a veteran free agent desperate for work come training camp. If such a move were necessary.
Seattle Seahawks, OG Paul McQuistan: Word coming out of the Seahawks OTAs is that JR Sweezy is taking the first team reps at right guard and that McQuistan is taking the second team reps. This move isn’t all that surprising. Sweezy was given more playing time towards the end of last season and for the most part was impressive. If Seattle can get away with starting Sweezy at right guard, no point keeping McQuistan when you can save $3M against the cap. Could be kept around for depth though.
St.Louis Rams, C Scott Wells: Wells is rarely healthy, and doesn’t play all that well when he is. Combine that with the addition of Barrett Jones through free agency and Wells’ time in St.Louis could be nearing an end.
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