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NFL Training Camp Cuts: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

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.

NFC North

Chicago Bears, WR/KR Devin Hester: Hester’s never having developed into the receiver they had hoped he would is only part of the reason he is likely to be cut. Yes, his 242 yard season is a little disappointing, but not nearly as much as the fact that he didn’t return a single punt or kick for a touchdown. His average yardage on returns is also in steep decline. At this point the Bears aren’t getting a lot out of Hester, who counts for nearly $3M against this season’s cap.

Detroit Lions, WR Mike Thomas: Not sure how he landed his 4 year $10.2M, but it’s long overdue to be terminated. Even after joining the Lions following a mid-season trade, he failed to take advantage of his multiple opportunities to shine with all the injuries to their other receivers.

Green Bay Packers, LB Desmond Bishop: Bishop may envision himself as a defensive MVP, but he might have to prove his worth on another squad. Brad Jones could more than likely start in Bishop’s spot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut Bishop to expedite that process.

Minnesota Vikings, WR Jerome Simpson: Simpson hasn’t exactly worked out as the Vikings had hoped for. Given every opportunity to assert himself as a starting receiver last season, especially with the injury to Percy Harvin, he did anything but. Now the Vikings have more depth at receiver with the additions of Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, which makes him even more expendable.

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