It’s that time of year again. Black Monday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl have all passed. As the 31 teams who didn’t win the Super Bowl prepare to make a run next season and the Ravens prepare to defend theirs tough decisions will have to be made. In preparation for the free agent frenzy and the upcoming draft there will be many tough, salary cap based decisions for teams to make. For starters, now is about the time teams start cutting costly veterans to create more cap space. This week I will list potential salary cap casualties from each NFC West team starting now with the Arizona Cardinals.
Kevin Kolb: Kolb is set to make 13.5 million next season and the production up to this point does little to justify that number. Everyone in the Cardinals organization including the new GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians have said they would like to bring him back next season. That being said the Cardinals are currently over 700,000 over the cap for next season. Their faith in Kolb will be tested. They could always restructure his deal as well.
Darnell Dockett: Dockett, like Kolb, has done little to reward the Cardinals for the massive contract they handed him. Dockett’s production has steadily dropped since signing his 6 year 56 million dollar contract. Last year he had his worst season since 2005 tallying only 1.5 sacks and 23 tackles.
Adrian Wilson: A fan favorite on the Cardinals defense, his time in the desert may be coming to an end. Wilson carries a 4.125 million dollar cap hit, which isn’t terribly cumbersome but a big number nonetheless. Wilson’s playing time decreased as the season went on, with Rashad Johnson getting more and more playing time. If they work out a deal with Rashad Johnson, I have serious doubts Wilson will come back next season.
Stewart Bradley: Count this signing among the great ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ deals. Bradley has struggled to adjust to playing in a 3-4 system, and has been relegated to playing mostly special teams. Cutting Bradley could save the Cardinals 3.5 million against the cap.
Daryn Colledge: That anybody on the Cardinals porous offensive line can carry a cap hit of 7.275 million going into next season is absurd, but Colledge of all of them? Haven’t heard much to suggest he will be cut, but his is a contract definitely worth looking at.
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