NFL Training Camp Cuts: Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, Redskins
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.
Dallas Cowboys, C Phil Costa: While most Cowboys fans were hoping, I’m sure, to see Doug Free’s name come up, you need not worry; he will most likely be cut, just set for June 1st designation. The addition of Travis Frederick via the draft will likely lead to the Cowboys cutting even more dead weight on the offensive line. Seeing as Frederick plays center, his playing time will likely come at the expense of Costa. The Cowboys will save about half a million against the salary cap, which doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re cap situation is as messed as Dallas’ every bit helps.
Philadelphia Eagles, TE Brent Celek: No matter how creative Chip Kelly’s offense is, it’s going to be hard to find a way to get the football to three tight ends. Alas, that is the predicament the Eagles have found themselves in following their offseason additions of James Casey and Zach Ertz. Celek is coming off of a miserable season, and could find himself being the odd man out.
New York Giants, CB Terrell Thomas or Corey Webster: Pick your poison with either of these Giants corners. They are both coming off of miserable seasons. Thomas, of course, missed all of last year due to injury and Webster was just plain awful. There’s more money to be saved (about $300,000) by cutting Thomas, and he’s almost always injured anyways. My money’s on Thomas getting the axe.
Washington Redskins, WR Santana Moss: Santana Moss is coming off a solid bounce back campaign, but it might not have been enough to secure his future with the club. The only reason I’m saying this is because the Redskins have wanted to get Leonard Hankerson more involved in the offense for quite some time now. They could also save $2M against this season’s cap, which could allow them to add a much needed veteran defensive back in training camp, just by cutting Moss.
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