Due to large cap numbers, here are 4 players likely to be cut this offseason in the NFL.
If you haven’t noticed, OverTheCap.com is the place to go when it comes to getting the deets on player contracts across the NFL.
Today on Twitter, Jason Fitzgerald, the founder of OverTheCap.com, listed eight players he believes are “likely” to be cut based on their contract situation.
But there were 4 specifically who he mentioned who could be of need to the Giants if they do happen to hit the open market.
I understand why the Eagles held onto Nick Foles heading into 2018 (just in case Carson Wentz’s return took longer than expected).
But his cap hit of $20.6 million next season is impossible for any team to justify when it comes to a backup quarterback.
They would save around $19 million in cap space by releasing him.
Playing on teams who consistently play in Super Bowls (and win them) does wonders for the brand of any player lucky enough to be a part of them.
Sure, Malik Jackson is a good football player, and sure, he rushes the passer well from the interior defensive line position (a skill that is high coveted).
But there’s no question that being on a loaded Broncos defense, who played in two Super Bowls over the course of three seasons, helped make him a $90 million man when he signed his deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016.
Ranked as the 103rd best player this season at his position, according to Pro Football Focus, Jackson seems like a lock to be cut.
The Jags would save $11 million in the process.
Missing all of 2017, posting a QBR of just 34 this season (5 games), with a career record two games under .500, it seems like the end of the line is approaching for Ryan Tannehill.
They would save around $13 million in cap space by releasing him.
Time to move on.
Currently the 18th ranked player at his position this season, according to Pro Football Focus, Marcell Dareus is putting together another productive season.
The problem is that he’s totaled just three sacks over the last two years.
While he’s performed well against the run (83.7), the Giants will likely not need a run-stuffing defensive tackle this offseason (Dalvin Tomlinson, Kerry Wynn, Josh Mauro, and B.J. Hill all have high grades vs the run).
The Jags could save almost $11 million in cap space by releasing him this offseason – with no dead cap whatsoever.